BEIRUT -- A pair of car bombs exploded in the northern city of Idlib on Wednesday, killing at least 22 people, according to Syria’s state news agency.
The explosions in a province where the Syrian government has a firm grip on the capital and rebels control large stretches of countryside were also confirmed by a London-based pro-opposition group.
The group, Syria Observatory for Human Rights, said that 24 people died and three cars had exploded. There was no immediate explanation for the difference in death tolls.
The state Syrian Arab News Agency, or SANA, said the blasts occurred at two traffic circles. The squares are nearly a mile apart and are thought to host different security offices.
The military also caught and detonated two booby-trapped cars, driven by suicide bombers on a highway road outside of the city, SANA reported.
The violence came the day after more than 82 people were killed at the university campus in the northern city of Aleppo in two explosions that the rebels and the government blamed on each other.