"Appalling" attack near sacred shrine in Damascus condemned by UN chief

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo

An attack on a suburb in Syria's capital which is home to what has been described as the country's holiest Shia shrine, which left many dead and injured, has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

The terrorist group ISIL, or Daesh, carried out the bomb attacks, and news reports say that at least 12 were killed, and more than 50 injured.

Matthew Wells has more.

The sacred shrine of Sayidda Zeinab, which is home to a mosque, is revered by Shiites and has been a place of pilgrimage for decades.

ISIL said that three of its militants had carried out the suicide attacks, around six miles south of the centre of the Syrian capital Damascus.

In a statement attributable to the UN chief Ban Ki-moon, reports from local monitoring groups said that women and children were among the dead.

Mr Ban described it as an "appalling terror attack" and extended his "deepest condolences to the bereaved families and the government of Syria".

He said that 'those responsible must be held accountable."

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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