The Syrian capital has been rocked by a powerful blast that's left 10 people wounded. A suicide bomber set off a car bomb near one of the holiest Shia shrines, which attracts tens of thousands of pilgrims from around the world. It's believed the blast was targeting a 'security-police department' office located nearby.
The explosion came just days after the release of a video in which al-Qaeda's second-in-command called on Islamists 'to help rebel groups fight Syrian government forces'. Syria's ambassador to Moscow says the opposition is using increasingly violent tactics to pave the way for foreign intereference.
The Syrian ambassador has also denied that Moscow's supplying the Assad regime with attack helicopters - allegations earlier also refuted by the Russian Foreign Minister