Double car bombing in Syria ‘kills 46’

Wrecked cars in Homs, Syria following a double car bombingImage copyright

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Homs has fallen in and out of rebel control and has seen frequent attacks

At least 46 people have been killed in a double car bombing in the Syrian city of Homs, a monitoring group has said.

Most of the dead appear to be civilians, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Syrian state media gave a toll of at least 25, showing images of a smoky street littered with wrecked vehicles.

Homs was one of the early centres of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, which began in 2011, but it is now back in government hands.

The attacks happened in a predominantly Alawite district, the minority sect to which President Assad belongs. The area has been repeatedly targeted.

The Observatory warned that with a large number of people injured, the death toll was likely to rise.

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