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Damascus explosions: in pictures

At least 40 people have been killed and 170 wounded after a double explosion in the Syrian capital.

Dozens have been killed and wounded after a twin blast hit the Syrian capital of Damascus today.

Here, Syrians survey the damage. The explosions took place on the southern edge of the city, in a district which houses a military intelligence complex which has been central to President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown on the 14 month uprising against his rule.

A forensic expert extracts human remains from a car. State media blamed "terrorists" and showed pictures of dead bodies and destroyed vehicles. The opposition to Assad, which began as peaceful protest, has become increasingly miiltarised.

Norwegian Major General Robert Mood, the head of the UN observers mission in Syria, arrives to inspect the site. A UN brokered ceasefire was due to come into force four weeks ago but the bloodshed has continued.

Members of the Syrian security forces shout slogans as they inspect the damage.

Samira Shackle is a freelance journalist, who tweets @samirashackle. She was formerly a staff writer for the New Statesman.