A suicide bomber blew himself up on Monday in a central neighborhood of the Syrian capital targeting the head of Syrian military supplies.
The blast occurred in an area where major security compounds are housed, according to a Syrian army source speaking to Reuters news agency.
The army source told state television the security forces had killed all the members of “a terrorist group” in the bustling Rukn al-Din district during a chase after a suicide bomber blew himself up.
The source did not say whether there were any casualties but a resident contacted by Viber said the army had sealed off the main streets of the congested part of the capital adjacent to key government installations and embassies.
Security forces detained scores of people after the explosion rocked the dense residential and commercial quarter, which is a main crossroad of the city and is home to many Syrian Kurds.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said security officials may have been the target, as many senior officials live in the area and a number of major branches of Syria’s intelligence apparatus are based there.
“Our initial information is that security personnel were targeted as this area that has been hit before by the rebels,” said Rami Abdul Rahman, the head of the British-based rights monitor that employs a wide network of people on the ground.
The heavily defended heart of government controlled Damascus city has seen several major bombings over the past-four years during a civil war that has killed more than 200,000 people.
Suicide bombings are rare but one killed several members of President Bashar al-Assad’s inner circle in the Syrian capital in July 2012.