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SANA said 34 died, 122 were injured, and both totals may rise. Other victims are trapped under rubble.

Three blasts occurred. At 7:50AM, in Saadallah al-Jabri Square, two booby-trapped cars with an estimated 1,000 kg of explosives were detonated. Suicide bombers are suspected.

A second explosion happened at 8:17AM. The Governate Building was targeted. Another booby-trapped car with about 500 kg of explosives detonated. Two mortar shells also fell near the Municipal Palace.

At 10:35AM, a third blast took place. It occurred when engineering units were trying to dismantle a 1,000 kg explosive device in a car terrorists detonated remotely near the al-Amir Hotel, Aleppo's Chamber of Commerce, and the Central Bank.

SANA said "the terrorist bombings have caused great damage to public and private property, public buildings, hotels and residential places, indicating that 250 public and private cars were destroyed."

"The competent authorities at the Interior Ministry rushed to the area to trace evidence, taking samples of human remnants and the explosive material to be sent to specialized laboratories to establish the identity of the perpetrators and ascertain the type of the explosive material."

Investigations continue. Responsible parties and supporters are sought. Web site photos show extensive damage. They make disturbing viewing.

Russia's Foreign Ministry also condemned the bombings, saying:

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"We renew utter condemnation of all forms of terrorism and rejection of using terrorist acts under any circumstances." It added that "initiators and the perpetrators of such acts must be severely punished."

SANA said Syrian political parties condemned the killings. The Baath Arab Socialist Party blamed "criminal gangs and mercenaries," adding:

"This terrorist act is a new episode of a series of similar bombings that hit several Syrian cities not to mention massacres against civilians, elderly men, women and children."

The National Reform Party called what happened "treason because targeting military, public and private properties and institutions (amounts to) targeting the Syrian people and Syria's territorial integrity."

Syria's Arab Socialist Union Party called Aleppo killings "an escalation of the organized terrorism aiming to break the Syrians' will."

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On October 1, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem addressed the General Assembly in New York. He did so before Aleppo bombings occurred, saying :

"While the peoples of the world wait to see effective and coordinated international efforts to overcome those crises, the reality indicates, instead, the escalation of hegemony and domination on the fortunes of nations and peoples in a way that contradicts the principles and purposes enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and the norms of international law."

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