A bombing at a bus stop near a military factory in central Syria this
week killed 54 people, all civilian workers at the plant, an activist
group said Friday.
Rami Abdul-Rahman of the Britain-based
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the explosion took place on
Wednesday in the village of al-Buraq, near the central city of Hama.
The area is government-controlled, which is why reports on the blast were slow to emerge, he said.
mini-bus packed with explosives blew up near a bus stop where factory
workers were waiting to go home after work, said Abdul-Rahman. The dead
included 11 women. He said the factory makes military supplies, but not
"These people work for the Ministry of Defense,
but they are all civilians," he said "There was no one from the
military" killed in the blast.
Syria's state news agency
reported the explosion on Wednesday evening, saying "terrorists"
detonated a car bomb near a factory. It did not say what the factory
produced or specify the number of dead and wounded. The regime refers to
rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad's government as
No one has claimed responsibility for the
blast, which resembled others in recent months that appeared to target
buildings associated with Syria's military and security services.
of the bombings have been claimed by an al Qaeda-linked group fighting
alongside the rebels, Jabhat al-Nusra, which the U.S. had designated as a
In violence Friday, the
Observatory reported clashes and regime shelling in the southern and
eastern sectors of the Syrian capital, Damascus, including in the
restive suburb of Moadamiyeh, where six people were killed by government
Syria's crisis began with peaceful
protests in March 2011 and evolved into a civil war as the opposition
took up arms to fight a government crackdown on dissent. The U.N. said
last month that more than 60,000 people have been killed in the