Damascus explosion wounds pro-government analyst's wife, son

Activist Taleb Ibrahim was not in the car at the time of the blast.
Thursday 27/06/2019
A handout picture released January 24, 2019 by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows people looking at the remains of a car which exploded following a bomb attack near the Russian embassy in the Syrian capital Damascus. (AFP)
A handout picture released January 24, 2019 by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows people looking at the remains of a car which exploded following a bomb attack near the Russian embassy in the Syrian capital Damascus. (AFP)

Syria’s state news agency says a bomb exploded in a car in Damascus, wounding a woman and her son. Activist groups said the victims were the wife and son of a pro-government political analyst.

SANA did not identify the two or say how seriously they were hurt in the explosion on Thursday morning. Opposition media activists and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war-monitoring group, said the victims were analyst Taleb Ibrahim’s wife and son. He was not in the car at the time of the blast.

A person who answered Ibrahim’s telephone in Damascus confirmed that, without giving further details.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Attacks in the Syrian capital have dropped significantly in recent months, after government forces captured once rebel-held Damascus suburbs.