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Syria U.N. envoy says 82 students killed in Aleppo blasts

MYT 5:30:01 AM

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - At least 82 students in Syria were killed on Tuesday in two explosions that rocked the university in Aleppo, Syria's biggest city, Syria's U.N. envoy told the U.N. Security Council.

"A cowardly terrorist act targeted the students of Aleppo University as they sat for their midterm examinations. This act killed 82 students and wounded 162 other students," Syria's U.N. ambassador, Bashar Ja'afari, told the council during a debate on counter-terrorism.

Damaged cars are seen at the site where two explosions rocked the University of Aleppo in Syria's second largest city, January 15, 2013. REUTERS/George Ourfalian
Damaged cars are seen at the site where two explosions rocked the University of Aleppo in Syria's second largest city, January 15, 2013. REUTERS/George Ourfalian

The cause of the explosions was not clear but the government and opposition activists blamed each other.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Sandra Maler)


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