Levant Swords rebels claim responsibility of Damascus bombings

Indo Asian News Service

Damascus, March 12 (IANS) Levant Swords rebel group has claimed responsibility of the double bombing attack on buses of Shia pilgrims parked outside a cemetery which left 44 people killed and scores injured.

The group is allied with the rebels' Free Syrian Army (FSA), which is operating in areas in the southern countryside of Damascus, Xinhua cited Mayadeen TV as saying.

The deadly bombings targeted two busses carrying Iraqi Shia visitors, who were on a pilgrim visit to Damascus and about to visit Shia shrines in the Bab al-Saghir cemetery in Damascus.

Meanwhile, the pro-government al-Watan online newspaper said that the bomb squads succeeded to defuse bombs mounted on a motorcycle that was supposed to go off in that area as well.