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Twin Damascus blasts kill dozens of pro-regime militiamen
 By Mohamed Misto 
DAMASCUS

More than 40 people were killed on Sunday by twin suicide bombings that targeted pro-regime militiamen south of Damascus. 

According to local sources, a car bomb exploded at a checkpoint manned by Shia militiamen loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the town of Sayyida Zeinab south of the capital. 

Almost immediately afterward, a suicide bomber blew himself up among a group of militiamen standing near the checkpoint, the same sources said. 

Syria’s official SANA news agency, for its part, said that 45 people had been killed -- and another 40 injured -- by the twin blasts. 

Sunday's attack occurred as representatives of the Syrian regime and opposition groups gathered in Geneva for UN-sponsored peace talks. 

Syria has remained locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity. 

Since then, more than 250,000 people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced, according to figures released by the UN. 
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