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Tire Explosion, Not Bomb, Behind Deadly Syria Blast

DAMASCUS (Reuters) -- A tire explosion, not a terrorist attack, caused a blast that ripped through an Iranian bus in the Syrian capital today, the Syrian interior minister said.

"The bus entered a petrol station to have one of its tires inflated and the tire exploded. Three people were killed," Said Sammour said.

Witnesses said earlier a bomb had ripped through the bus, killing six people and destroying the rear of the bus and causing damage to nearby buildings.