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Blasts outside two Syrian schools kill at least 18 people
Blasts outside two Syrian schools kill at least 18 people

A pair of bombs ripped through a school compound Wednesday in the government-controlled central Syrian city of Homs, killing at least 18 people, including 10 children, and wounding scores of others, the state media reported. The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the double blasts and reported a higher toll, saying at least 39 people were dead, including 30 children. Other unconfirmed reports indicated that at least 45 were killed, mostly children. Even amid a punishing conflict that has left tens of thousands dead, there was widespread revulsion over an atrocity that Homs Gov. Talal Barazi denounced as “a terrorist act and a desperate attempt that...

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