BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian TV says authorities are pursuing a "terrorist group" that detonated a bomb in central Damascus and opened fire on civilians there.
The TV says the bomb blast went off in Marjeh, a major square in downtown Damascus.
No further details were immediately available but residents in Damascus reported hearing a loud explosion followed by gunfire that lasted several minutes Saturday.
Authorities routinely refer to rebels trying to topple President Bashar Assad's regime as "terrorists."
Syrian troops say they have pushed the rebels from the capital after intense, week-long battles last month. But opposition fighters continue to stage hit-and-run attacks and are active in the suburbs around the city.
Explosions in the capital have become increasingly common as Syria's civil war escalates.