Authorities are treating a “huge explosion” reportedly near an intelligence office as a terrorist attack. Damascus has rarely been hit by attacks, especially with the war winding down.

A major explosion occurred on Sunday near a military intelligence office in the Syrian capital Damascus, killing and wounding a number of people, independent war monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on the heels of state media reports.

Although Syria is engulfed by civil conflict, Damascus is rarely the scene for bomb attacks. Authorities are treating it as a “terrorist attack,” reported the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

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