Syria: At least 31 killed in Aleppo suicide bombings

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DAMASCUS, SYRIAA (CBSNews.com) - Syrian government official says at least 31 people have been killed in a series of suicide bombings that struck the northern city of Aleppo.

The official also says that scores of people were wounded in the explosions, which went off Wednesday in a main square in a government-controlled district of the city, near an officers' club.

Aleppo-based activists also reported on the bombings, saying they went off minutes apart, and appear to have targeted the military club.

A Syrian pro-government television showed footage of massive destruction from the scene of the blasts.

Aleppo is Syria's largest city and its commercial hub. President Bashar Assad enjoyed wide support in Aleppo before the uprising, but that support has eroded to a degree and rebels launched a fresh offensive last week to try and wrest control of the sprawling city.

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