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Twin explosions hit near army HQ in Damascus

Damascus, Sep 27 (): Twin blasts were targeted on army headquarters of Syria in the capital, Damascus on Wednesday, which led to hours of erratic gun battles and intense firing inside heavily safeguarded compound, the state-run media said.

A statement from the army said no personnel or military commanders were hurt by the explosions. But Iranian TV said 33-year-old Maya Nasser, its correspondent and Syrian national was killed in the fire exchange in that area after the blasts.

SANA, Syria’s news agency said explosions struck before 7 a.m. near Omayyad Square. The blasts were heard quite a few miles away and have shattered windows of hotel Dama Rose and nearby buildings. The army headquarters building was in huge flames, sending out columns of dark black smoke for many hours following blasts.

Witnesses said after the explosions, there was heavy gunfire for hours at Omayyad Square and also around military compound. Panicked soldiers were shooting in air randomly when they were running.

A statement from army said among the two explosives, one was a car bomb and another one was an explosive that blasted off near army command buildings. The statement further said many guards were wounded.

Ambulances rushed to the spot as the police sealed the area to journalists and traffic. There was snarl in the traffic in the nearby areas as checkpoints set up blocked access to Damascus from suburbs.

Syria’s battle was the centre of attention this week as the world leaders met at the annual meeting of the U.N. General Assembly in New York. Ban Ki-moon, U.N. Secretary-General demanded for international action in stopping Syria’s war, telling on Tuesday to the group of world leaders that Syria’s 18-month battle had become a “regional disaster with global consequences.”

Ban declared that the Syria’s condition is worsening every day. He called it has a serious conflict and rising threat to the international security and peace that requires more attention from deeply divided UN Security Council.