May 2, 2014 / 8:09 AM / in 3 years

Car bombs in central Syria kill 18: state TV

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Two car bombs in Syria’s central province of Hama killed 18 people, including 11 children, and wounded 50 others on Friday, state television said.

People inspect a site hit by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in al-Letmana village in Hama province May 1, 2014. REUTERS/Badi Khlif

It said the “terrorist explosions” took place in the towns of Jibrin, a few miles (km) northeast of Hama city, and al-Hamairi.

They come three days after attacks on government-controlled areas of Homs and Damascus killed more than 100 people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.

The attacks followed Monday’s announcement that President Bashar al-Assad will seek a third term in office in a June 3 election, defying opponents who have demanded he step aside to allow a negotiated solution to Syria’s three-year conflict.

Reporting by Dominic Evans; Editing by Alison Williams

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