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Car bomb kills 15 people, wounds 54 in Damascus

DAMASCUS — An explosion from a car bomb tore through central Damascus on Monday, the government said, killing 15 people in a blast that rattled windows, spread chaos, and sent billows of dark smoke over an area that had been packed with people forming lines at banks, insurance companies, and cellphone outlets.

As ambulances pushed through the crowd, hundreds of people streamed away, and others called relatives to check whether they had been close to the explosion.

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