Powerful blast rocks Syria's Homs, casualties feared
A powerful blast rocked a pro- government district in Syria's central province of Homs, leaving unknown number of casualties, Xinhua reported according to the Syrian national television.
The blast, carried out by a booby-trapped vehicle, rocked the pro-government district of Zahra in Homs, said the report, spelling no further details.
Meanwhile, the TV aired footage of the blast site, showing scenes of destruction and casualties.
Several explosions have previously rocked Zahra, which is inhabited by people of the Alawite minority, to whom the ruling elite in Syria belongs.
Meanwhile, the oppositional Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based Syrian monitoring group, said two people were killed and 12 others were injured Wednesday by the government troops shelling on the rebel-held area of al-Rastan in the countryside of Homs.
The long-running crisis in Syria has taken a sectarian turn, pitting the Sunni insurgents against other government-loyal minority groups.