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Agency: 5 Syrian schoolchildren among 7 killed in Homs
Published Sunday 22/12/2013 (updated) 22/12/2013 20:36
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A handout picture released on Oct. 24, 2013 shows people inspecting
the site of a car bomb explosion in the central city of Homs
(Syrian Arab News Agency/AFP/File)
DAMASCUS (AFP) -- A car bombing on Sunday in the central Syrian province of Homs killed seven people, five of them schoolchildren, the official SANA news agency reported.

"Terrorists blew up a car bomb near the primary school in the town of Omm al-Amd in the countryside outside Homs, killing five schoolchildren and two workers," SANA said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists and medics on the ground, confirmed the blast and said it killed five people and wounded others.

The watchdog said that Omm al-Amd is home to a Shiite community close to the Alawite sect of President Bashar al-Assad, unlike the majority Sunni Muslim rebels fighting to topple him.
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