45 Killed in Damascus Area Blast, ISIS Claims Responsibility

n this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, smoke rises after rebels fired rockets and mortar shells that struck several parts in the capital Damascus, in Damascus, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. Syrian rebels fired a barrage of rockets and mortar shells that struck several neighborhoods in the capital Damascus on Thursday, killing many people and wounding tens, Syria's state-run news agency said. (AP Photo/SANA)

(AP) — The Syrian government says that the death toll from a triple explosion in a suburb of the capital of Damascus has risen to 45.

A website linked to the Islamic State group said Sunday’s explosions were carried out by IS supporters.

The blasts came as a U.N. envoy attempted to launch indirect peace talks between delegations sent to Geneva by the Syrian government and the opposition.

The state news agency SANA quoted a Syrian Interior Ministry official as saying at least 45 people were killed when three explosions went off Sunday in the Sayyda Zeinab area south of the capital, Damascus.

SANA said the attackers detonated a car bomb at a bus station, followed by two blasts set off by suicide bombers as rescuers rushed to the scene of the first explosion.

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