BEIRUT -- A powerful bombing in central Damascus killed at least 15 people and wounded 53 others on Monday, Syrian state television reported.
Details were still emerging as state news agencies offered contradictory accounts of what happened, with official news services calling it both a bombing and a suicide attack.
A state television channel showed video of flaming cars, mutilated bodies and charred buildings. Somber music played as images of bodies being lifted to ambulances were on screen.
The attack occurred as fighting between the Syrian government and rebel forces has intensified in the capital since January. A suicide bombing at a Damascus mosque last month killed a Sunni Muslim preacher loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and also took the lives of 42 others.