Syria: Bombs hit cars escorting ANSA correspondent, one dies

A policeman killed and 3 injured, journalist unhurt

20 June, 17:13

A picture taken by ANSA correspondent in Syria Claudio Accogli, moments after the attack against the Syrian police convoy that was escorting him. A policeman was killed in the car. A picture taken by ANSA correspondent in Syria Claudio Accogli, moments after the attack against the Syrian police convoy that was escorting him. A policeman was killed in the car.

(ANSAmed) - DARAA - Two handmade bombs exploded while a column of three cars escorting ANSA correspondent Claudio Accogli to Daraa, 100 km south of Damascus, was passing by. The first car was seriously affected by the blast: a policeman died and three further policemen were injured. Accogli's car was only slightly damaged and the journalist is uninjured.

   The first bomb - probably a handmade bomb - exploded right against the first police car, a Opel Omega, which was immediately enveloped in a thick white cloud. The car carrying the ANSA correspondent was only a few tenths of meters away; when he understood the danger, the driver drove off the road and ended up in a olive-tree field.
   Although a fragment hit the wind shield and completely cracked it, the glass did not crash.
   Another bomb exploded soon thereafter and hit the third car closing the car column, which was carrying security guards in civilian clothes armed with Kalashnikov. No one died in the second blast. Security guards and an ambulance immediately arrived on the spot. The police car was seriously damaged but not totally destroyed; the injuries on the dead policeman's body seem to suggest that the bomb was simply a container filled with pieces of iron.
   According to the military who arrived on the spot, one of the three injured policemen lost his legs. The car column had just got out of the city of Daraa and was heading back to the capital, Damascus. The situation is extremely tense in Daraa and some streets are patrolled by Syrian military forces; it is impossible to pass by these streets because they are under the fire of rebel snipers. (ANSAmed).

 

 

(ANSAmed)

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