A suicide bomber detonated his car packed with explosives in a Damascus suburb on Thursday, June 14, wounding 10 people and damaging one of Shiite Islam’s holiest shrines, the Associated Press
reported. Witnesses on the scene said the bomber detonated his van in a parking lot about 50 yards from the golden-domed Sayyida Zainab shrine, shattering the shrine’s windows and damaging six buses and more than 30 cars. Car bombs and suicide bombings have become common in Syria as the 15-month uprising against President Bashar Assad becomes increasingly militarized. Meanwhile, rebels clashed with government forces in several parts of the country Thursday and troops continued to pound rebel-controlled areas in the central province of Homs. Syrian forces on Wednesday overran a mountain enclave near the Mediterranean coast, seizing the territory back from rebels after battles that raged for eight days.