A bomb exploded outside a police station in a Christian quarter of Damascus' Old City on Sunday, killing seven people and wounding many others, a security official said.
"At least seven people were killed and many others wounded when a bomb or a car bomb exploded in Bab Tuma Square in front of the police station," the official told AFP.
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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights watchdog group said the explosion was caused by a car bomb.
This was the first attack in Bab Tuma, one of the oldest quarters of the capital.
The Christian hierarchy and a large part of the faithful back Bashar al-Assad, fearful of the influence of Islamists in the rebellion to overthrow the Syrian president.