September 6, 2015 / 1:44 PM / in 2 years

Syria says militant confesses to car bombs that killed dozens in south

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian state media said on Sunday that an Islamist insurgent had confessed after his arrest to being behind two car bomb blasts that killed 37 people in the south of the country on Friday, including a Druze leader.

The explosions had provoked protests by Druze in the city of Sweida during which six government security personnel were killed and a statue of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s father was destroyed, a monitor said.

A Lebanese Druze leader who backs the uprising against Assad had blamed the government for the killing of Sheikh Wahid al-Balous. Balous had opposed the government and Islamists fighting against it.

State news agency SANA said security forces arrested an Islamist insurgent from the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, who confessed to the two car bombs and involvement in unrest that followed.

There was no claim of responsibility for the car bombs.

Reporting by John Davison; Editing by Alison Williams

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