Reports say the bombing on Sunday was carried out in the Christian neighborhood of Bab Tuma in the capital?s Old City.
An explosive-laden taxi blew up in the busy street crowded with shoppers and people going to churches in the historical city of Bab Touma. Bab Touma is mainly inhabited by the Syrian Christians and had remained largely insulated from the ongoing violence in the country.
?The bomb exploded as people were moving to go to churches for Sunday mass. It exploded just outside the police station. There was a bus stop right beside it,? a resident calling himself George, who works in a hotel just a few streets away from the site of the explosion, told the Telegraph. ??I felt the explosion. The ground beneath me shook and I can see black smoke rising from the area.?
The explosion rocked the busy shopping complex near to it and at least four cars were destroyed.