Damascus: A rare bombing against an army bus in Damascus and a shelling moments later of a town in rebel-held northwestern Syria killed at least 27 people on Wednesday in the deadliest flareup in months.

Two bombs planted on an army bus in central Damascus were detonated early in the morning, killing 14 people in the worst such attack in the capital in four years, the state news agency reported.

There was no immediate claim for the bombing but moments later shelling by government forces killed 13 people in Idlib province, an area controlled by groups that have claimed such attacks in the past.

A military source quoted by the news agency said the bombs were detonated as the bus passed near the Hafez al-Assad bridge, close to the national museum in the heart of the capital.

Damascus had been largely spared such violence in recent years, especially since troops and allied militia retook the last significant rebel bastion near the capital in 2018.

The attack is the deadliest in the capital since a bombing claimed by the ISIS terrorist group targeted the Justice Palace in March 2017, killing at least 30 people.

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