Syrian activists: Car bomb near Damascus kills 13

The Britain-based Observatory for Human Rights said Monday the blast struck overnight near the police headquarters in the town of Deir Atiyeh. The Observatory said a child was among the three civilians killed.

Syrian soldiers cheer after battling with rebels during a tour for journalists organized by the Syrian Information Ministry in the Damascus suburb of Jobar, Syria, Sunday, July 14, 2013. Government troops fired tank shells and artillery in heavy clashes between Syrian forces and rebels Sunday on the edge of Damascus, where the military has been pushing its offensive to retake key districts that have been in opposition hands for months. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say a car bomb north of the capital has killed at least 13 people, including 10 policemen.

The Britain-based Observatory for Human Rights said Monday the blast struck overnight near the police headquarters in the town of Deir Atiyeh. The Observatory said a child was among the three civilians killed.

Syria's state news agency confirmed the attack. It said a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden car in a residential area of the town, causing an unknown number of casualties.

The agency said "terrorists" were behind the attack— a government term for rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad's regime.
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