Syria says Palace of Justice in Damascus hit by twin "terrorist explosions"

A Syrian fireman tries to extinguish fires at the scene of two huge bomb explosions outside the Palace of Justice in Central Damascus on June 28, 2012. A police source told AFP on condition of anonymity that two magnetic bombs exploded in two judges' cars in the open-air car park, while a third was in the process of being defused. It was unclear at the time who was behind the bombing, although regime officials repeatedly blamed the rise in al Qaeda affiliates, and al Qaeda operatives from Iraq, who are sympathetic to the rebels' cause and eager to establish another Islamic state, on the increase in bombings in Damascus. Getty Images

(CBS/AP) DAMASCUS, Syria - Strong explosions rocked the Syrian capital Thursday, sending black smoke billowing into the sky.

Syrian State TV said a "two terrorist explosions" hit the parking lot of the Palace of Justice, a compound that houses several courts.

CBS News' George Baghdadi says three people were hurt in the explosions, but there were no reported deaths, according to Syrian government officials.

Baghdadi reports that, according to witnesses, at least 20 cars were damaged by the blasts, which sent smoke and flames shooting up from the structure. The witnesses did not report seeing any dead or injured being carried away by ambulances near the Palace.

According to State TV, a third device was discovered unexploded in the parking area at the Palace on Thursday.

Syria has been hit by a wave of massive explosions in recent months, killing dozens of people. Most of the explosions targeted the security agencies of President Bashar Assad, who is fighting to end a 15-month-old uprising against his rule.

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Last month, an explosion targeted a military intelligence compound south of Damascus killing 55 people. It was Syria's deadliest blast.

Much of the violence that has gripped Syria since the uprising began has been sanctioned by the government to crush dissent. But rebel fighters are launching increasingly deadly attacks on regime targets, and several massive suicide attacks this year suggest al Qaeda or other extremists are joining the fray.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility after Thursday's blast, which comes a day after unidentified gunmen stormed a pro-government television station outside Damascus, killing seven members of staff and torching the transmission facilities.

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