DAMASCUS -- An explosion ripped through a police bus in the center of Syria's capital Friday, killing at least 10 people in an attack authorities blamed on a suicide bomber, a Syrian official and state-run TV said.
However, Reuters reported that local news station Addounia put the death toll at 25. Addounia said 46 others were wounded.
Although the nearly 10-month-old uprising in Syria has convulsed many parts of the country, Damascus has been relatively quiet under the tight control of ruthless security agencies loyal to President Bashar Assad.
The government has long contended that the turmoil in Syria this year is not an uprising but the work of terrorists and foreign-backed armed gangs.
The opposition has questioned those allegations. It has hinted that the regime itself could have been behind a Dec. 23 bombing targeting the country's intelligence agencies. At least 44 people were killed and 166 others were injured in that attack.
Published at 5:47 a.m. ET:A suicide bomber killed and wounded dozens of people in central Damascus, Syrian state TV said Friday.
Footage broadcast by Syria Television showed the shattered windows of what appeared to be a police bus.
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