x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Tyre explosion kills three in Damascus

The Syrian government says an explosion that killed three people and wrecked a bus was not a terrorist act.

An explosion that wrecked an Iranian bus in Damascus today and killed three people was not a terrorist act but a tyre exploding as it was being repaired, the Interior Minister Saeed Sammur said. "It is not a terrorist act at all," Mr Sammur told journalists at the scene. "It happened while one of the empty bus's tyres was being repaired. An explosion took place as result of the excessive pressure.

"Two workers who were repairing the tyre and the bus's driver, who was standing near them, were killed in the explosion." He did not say whether any others had been hurt. * AFP