May 10 - Syrian television shows aerial footage of the area in Damascus where twin bomb blasts killed scores, and wounded more than 170 people. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Twin bomb blasts in the Syrian capital Damascus killed at least 40 people and wounded more than 170, Syrian state television said on Thursday (May 10). One of the rush hour explosions hit a district that houses a well known military intelligence complex involved in President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown on a 14-month uprising. State media said earlier the majority of the casualties were civilians. Syrian television blamed "terrorists" for the blasts on the southern edge of the city. Damascus residents said Thursday's explosions happened almost simultaneously in the same area shortly before 8 a.m. (0500 GMT). The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least one of the explosions was caused by a car bomb and that the target was intelligence buildings.