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Bus explosion kills, wounds dozens in Syria

Police officers inspect the damaged bus in Damascus on Thursday.
Police officers inspect the damaged bus in Damascus on Thursday.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Blast in the same area killed at least 17 people in September 2008
  • Full casualty toll from blast not immediately known
  • Blast took place near shrine for Shia Muslims

(CNN) -- An explosion killed or wounded dozens of passengers in a bus in the Syrian capital, Damascus, Thursday morning, an official in the president's office said.

It was unclear whether the blast took place on the bus, under it or nearby. It was also not immediately clear exactly how many people died in the blast in the Zinab neighborhood.

The neighborhood is home to a shrine for Shia Muslims.

In September 2008, a same area killed at least 17 people.