Syrian state TV: Deadly blast at Latakia mosque

Associated Press

Beirut — Syrian state TV is reporting that an explosion has struck outside a mosque in the coastal government stronghold of Latakia inflicting casualties.

The TV says the blast occurred Thursday as people were leaving the Khulafa Rashideen mosque following afternoon prayers.

State TV says the blast killed and wounded several people, but did not give numbers.

The explosion came a week after a series of coordinated bombings struck the coastal city of Tartus and the town of Jableh on the Syrian coast, killing some 160 people.

The coastal provinces of Latakia and Tartus have been a government stronghold since the country’s conflict began in 2011.