Syrian state TV: Bomb blast in Damascus kills 1

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In this Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a Syrian soldier aims his rifle at free Syrian Army fighters during clashes in the Damascus suburb of Daraya, Syria. Syrian warplanes and artillery pummeled areas in and around Damascus, Aleppo and several other cities, on Sunday according to reports received by human rights activists. Intense fighting persists as rebels try to push their way back into the capital, where President Bashar Assad has his power base. (AP Photo/SANA)
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In this Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a Syrian soldier aims his rifle at free Syrian Army fighters during clashes in the Damascus suburb of Daraya, Syria. Syrian warplanes and artillery pummeled areas in and around Damascus, Aleppo and several other cities, on Sunday according to reports received by human rights activists. Intense fighting persists as rebels try to push their way back into the capital, where President Bashar Assad has his power base. (AP Photo/SANA)

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's state television says a booby trapped car has exploded in a neighborhood of the capital, Damascus, killing one person.

The report says Thursday's explosion went off outside the offices of the Red Crescent society.

It's the latest in a series of bombings that have hit Damascus in recent weeks amid fierce fighting in the capital's suburbs between President Bashar Assad's forces and rebels seeking to topple him.

Activists say the car bomb exploded in the al-Zahera district on the southern edge of Damascus.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the explosion was followed by a heavy deployment of security troops in the area.

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