A civilian car exploded on a highway south of the Syrian capital of Damascus in the noon of April 24. The explosion killed the driver and injured five other civilians who were passing by.
The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that the explosion was caused by a magnetic improvised-explosive device (IED), which was attached to the car. The state-run agency didn’t reveal the identity of the attack’s victim.
A few hours after the explosion, Syrian security forces detected a similar IED, also planted under a civilian car in the district of Maydan. The IED was successfully dismantled by Syrian bomb technicians.
The design of the Maydan IED indicates that it was made with off-the-shelf materials. Such IEDs are usually made by terrorist groups, like ISIS or Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). However, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack attempt so far.
The targets of both attacks remain unclear. Pro-government activists believe that the attacks were random and aimed at disturbing the peace in the Syrian capital.