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Two Blasts Strike Near Security Agencies in Syria

• nytimes.com, By ANNE BARNARD
 The back-to-back bombings in President Bashar al-Assad’s seat of power — one exploding in the same area where a state security headquarters was bombed in December — shocked residents who have enjoyed relative calm during the yearlong uprising against the government and a fierce crackdown. And the blasts stood as a direct challenge to the government’s recent claims that it was close to restoring order.

Syrian news media reports, quoting the health minister, Wael al-Halki, said at least 27 people had been killed and 97 had been wounded in the explosions. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

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