Canada rejects ‘comical’ al-Qaeda link to Syria blasts as 44 die in suicide attacks

OTTAWA — Canada has dismissed as ‘comical’ Syrian government claims
that al-Qaeda was behind two suicide bombings in the country that have
left 44 people dead and injured 100 more.

The UN says more than 5,000 people have died since mass protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime erupted in March.

Announcing a new freeze on Syrian regime assets held by Canadian
banks Friday, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird questioned the
credibility of the al-Qaeda explanation, citing previous Assad denials
that any violence was taking place within the country.

“If it wasn’t so serious it would almost be comical,” he said.

The violence in the country took a deadly fresh turn Friday after two
blasts exploded at security service bases in the Syrian capital,
Damascus – the first suicide bombings in the country since the uprising

“Forty-four people, civilians and security forces, were killed and
166 others injured in the two terrorist operations,” the interior
ministry said, as an advance team made preparations for Arab League
observers to oversee a plan to end the bloodshed.

One bomber tried to ram a vehicle packed with explosives into the
compound of the General Security Directorate, Syria’s most important
plainclothes security service, in the Kfar Suseh neighbourhood of
Damascus, wi… >>>

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