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Damascus Bombing Happened 3km From U.S. Embassy, Official Says

January 06, 2012

Jan. 6 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said today that a suicide bomb in Syria’s capital, Damascus, took place 3 kilometers from its embassy and the explosion was heard by staff.

Nuland said 25 people were killed and 46 wounded though the numbers could not be verified, adding that the U.S. government has no current information on who was responsible.

Asked about next steps to hold the Assad regime accountable, Nuland said that a “strong” United Nations Security Council resolution would be “helpful” and that the U.S. will await the outcome of the Arab League meeting Jan. 8.

The U.S. believes that a Arab League monitors in Syria are “doing their very best.” Training by UN experts may be a good idea, she said.

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