Death toll in Damascus bombing reaches 74

A monitor said on Sunday that toll from twin bombings targeting pilgrims in the centre of Damascus has risen to 74 dead.

There were 43 Iraqi pilgrims who had come to the Syrian capital to visit shrines in Damascus’s famed Old City, among the victims of Saturday’s blasts.

According to the Britain-based monitor, 11 bystanders and eight children were among those killed, as well as 20 members of pro-government security forces.

Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP that a roadside bomb detonated as a bus carrying pilgrims made its way through the Bab al-Saghir area of the Old City before a suicide bomber blew himself up.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.