Almost certainly the work of the al-Qaeda-linked rebel faction al-Nusrah Front.
(Reuters) – Three suicide car bombs and a mortar barrage ripped through a government-controlled district of central Aleppo housing a military officers’ club on Wednesday, killing 48 people according to activists.
The coordinated attacks hit just days after rebels launched an offensive against President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria’s biggest city, leading to heavy fighting and a fire which gutted a large part of its medieval covered market.
The state news agency SANA said suicide bombers detonated two explosive-laden cars in the main square, Saadallah al-Jabiri, which is lined on its eastern flank by the military club, two hotels and a telecoms office.
The explosions reduced at least one building to a flattened wreck of twisted concrete and metal, and were followed by a volley of mortar bombs into the square and attempted suicide bombings by three rebels carrying explosives, it said.
Another bomb blew up a few hundred meters (yards) away on the edge of the Old City, where rebels have been battling Assad’s forces.
State television showed three dead men disguised as soldiers in army fatigues who it said were shot by security forces before they could detonate explosive-packed belts they were wearing. One appeared to have a trigger device strapped to his wrist.