Syria: bombings prove terrorism, not popular uprising
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syrian officials say two suicide car bomb blasts today prove their point -- that the turmoil in the country is not a popular uprising but the work of terrorists.
The deputy foreign minister says "We said it from the beginning, this is terrorism. They are killing the army and civilians."
More than 40 people were killed and more than 100 were injured in the explosions that targeted heavily guarded intelligence buildings in Damascus.
The blasts came a day after an advance team of Arab League observers arrived in the country to monitor Syria's promise to end its crackdown on protesters, who are demanding the ouster of President Bashar Assad.
An opposition leader is questioning the authorities' version of events, suggesting the regime was trying to make its case to the observers.