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Police attacked

Friday, October 13, 2017

BEIRUT - Three men blew themselves up near the police headquarters in central Damascus on Wednesday, killing two people and injuring six others, state media said, citing the interior ministry.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, the second this month.

Two suicide bombers tried to storm the police centre and clashed with guards before detonating explosive devices outside on Khalid bin al-Walid street, the Damascus police chief said.

Police forces then chased down the third attacker, who blew himself up nearby at the entrance to a clothes market.

"Our investigations are ongoing to find out where they came from and how," police chief Mohammad Kheir Ismail told state TV from outside the headquarters. "The issue has been controlled."

An Islamic State statement said three suicide bombers had attacked the police centre with machine guns and explosive belts.

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