At least six people have been killed, and a further 48 injured, following a car bombing, in the Syrian capital, Damascus.
A car bomb in a district south of Damascus killed at least six people and possibly many more on Monday, according to Islamic State militants who claimed responsibility for the attack.
The ultra-hardline Sunni group’s attack near a Syrian army checkpoint had killed or injured 48 people, a news agency close to the militants said.
Lebanese group Hezbollah’s Al Manar television reported the blast was at an army checkpoint and put the death toll at eight.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said eight people had been killed and the toll was expected to rise because of the number of people with serious injuries.
State media said the bombing was on the outskirts of Sayeda Zeinab, home to Syria’s holiest Shi’ite Muslim shrine. The area has already been hit by two bomb attacks this year.