DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - A deadly explosion in Syria's capital is being blamed on a suicide bomber.
State TV says the attacker blew himself up across the street from a mosque, killing at least ten people and wounding nearly 30 more. Footage shows streets stained with blood and smoke billowing from under a bridge as people streamed out of the mosque.
Three other smaller explosions also were reported in the capital, killing one person.
Syrian cities have been hit by a wave of blasts in recent months that the regime often blames on "terrorists" trying to destabilize the country. Opposition activists usually deny that, blaming government forces for carrying out the attacks as a way to tarnish the uprising against President Bashar Assad that began 13 months ago.
Some U.S. officials have suggested al-Qaida militants may be joining the fray after similar attacks in the past.
Meanwhile, activists say thousands of people turned out for protests around the country today.
The continuing violence has been a blow to international peace efforts. The United Nations has 15 observers in the country, trying to monitor a cease-fire. But the two-week-old truce has been roundly ignored on the ground.
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