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Major bombings since Syrian uprising began in 2011

BEIRUT (AP) – A list of some of the major bombings in Syria since the uprising against President Bashar Assad’s regime began in March 2011:

_April 8: A car bomb explodes in a busy residential and commercial district in central Damascus, killing at least 15 people and causing heavy damage to the area, a Syrian government official said.

_ March 21: A suicide bomb rips through a mosque in central Damascus, killing 42 people, including a leading Sunni Muslim preacher who was outspoken Assad supporter, Sheik Mohammad Said Ramadan al-Buti.

_Feb. 21: A car bomb explodes at a security checkpoint near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party in the heart of Damascus, killing at least 53 people, according to Syrian state media.

_Jan. 16: Three car bombings in the northern city of Idlib kill 22 people. State media said attackers targeted a major highway and traffic circle; anti-regime activists said the bombers targeted security vehicles near the local security headquarters.

_Jan. 15: Twin blasts rip through a university campus in the northern city of Aleppo, killing more than 80 people, most of them students, in the government-controlled part of the city.

_Dec. 12, 2012: A car bomb targets the Interior Ministry in Damascus, killing several people and wounding more than 20, including the interior minister.

_July 18, 2012: A blast at the Syrian national security building in Damascus during a meeting of Cabinet ministers kills the defense minister and his deputy, who was Assad’s brother-in-law, and wounds the interior minister. Rebels claim responsibility for the blast.

_May 10, 2012: Two suicide car bombers blow themselves up outside a military intelligence building in Damascus, killing at least 55 people.

_April 27, 2012: A suicide bomber in Damascus kills at least nine people, most of them security officers.

_March 17, 2012: Blasts kill at least 27 people near the intelligence and security buildings in the Syrian capital.

_Feb. 10, 2012: Two suicide car bombers hit security compounds in Aleppo, killing 28 people.

_Jan. 6, 2012: A blast at an intersection in Damascus kills 25 people, many of them policemen.

_Dec. 23, 2011: Back-to-back car bombs near Syria’s intelligence agencies kill at least 44 in the first major attack in the capital seven months after the uprising erupted.

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