Syrian activists have reported a large explosion in Syria's second city Aleppo, near regime offices. It comes hours after Syrian state television said security forces had foiled a would-be-suicide bomber in the city.
A large explosion struck the Syrian city of
"A big explosion was heard near
"The blast was powerful but we do not know what was the origin of the explosion," the Observatory's Rami Abdel Rahman added.
No casualties from the blast have yet been reported, although witnesses said a guard at the headquarters was shot dead by an unidentified gunman soon after the explosion.
It comes just hours after Syrian forces claimed to have foiled an attempted suicide bomber in the city. State television reported that the would-be bomber, whose car was laden with 1,200 kilograms of explosives, was killed in the operation.
That earlier television report has not yet been independently verified and the news agency AFP quoted anti-regime activists as dismissing the report as a lie.
"It is not in the interests of the [rebel] Free Syrian Army to stage attacks on a Friday," Aleppo-based activist Mohammad al-Halabi said.
For months, Friday has been the day that activists have held weekly protests against the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
"The regime is trying to make people believe there is Al-Qaeda here, but there is no Al-Qaeda here," al-Halabi added.
The Syrian government accused al-Qaeda-linked groups of being behind twin-bombings in the capital
Syrians out in force
At least 55 people were killed and 372 others were injured on Thursday in the deadliest attack to take place in
Thousands of people staged protests in
According to opposition activists, protesters in the flashpoint city of
ccp/ipj (AFP, Reuters, dpa)