Forty Killed In Syrian Explosions

homs bomb

Explosions at a weapons cache in the central Syrian city of Homs have killed forty people and injured at least 160 people, an activist group opposed to President Bashar al-Assad said.

The blast occurred in the south-eastern district of Wadi al-Dhahab on Thursday, which the army has taken over, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The group has a network of sources in the opposition and state security forces.

The Observatory said the casualties were soldiers and civilians and that some of the wounded were in a critical condition.

Explosions, according to activists were a result of rebel shelling of the Wadi al-Dahab area. One activist said the blasts were “massive” and were heard from kilometres away. He could not confirm the target was the city’s arms depot.