An estimated 53 deaths and 235 injuries were caused by an explosion of a car bomb in Damascus, the capital city of Syria Thursday.
The blast exploded near the downtown headquarters of the president's governing party and the Russian Embassy, the New York Times said. It wasn't clear if either of the buildings were targeted.
The victims were mostly pedestrians, schoolchildren and motorists, the Los Angeles Times said. The blast also damaged a nearby hospital and school, the Los Angeles Times said.
Outside experts believe the bombing was carried out by militant extremists among the rebels to show that the government's security is weak, the New York Times said.
This attack was one of the most deadly in Damascus since the rebellion began in March 2011, the Los Angeles Times said.
Witnesses told the New York Times that the explosion "shook the neighborhood like an earthquake," the New York Times said.