Witness from #Damascus - also a resident just near the State Security Dectiorate where the bombing too place today.
"half an hour before the bombing took place there was a significantly high security presence, one side of the road was cut off from the Kafarsooseh end near carlton hotel 10 minutes before the explosion itself, as soon as the road was opened an explosion was heard and then another one followed about 5 minutes later, heavy gunfire then started by the security forces for 30 minutes. there were no clashes but gunfire coming from the state security building. yesterday there was a warning by the government that people should not take to the streets on friday as there was suspicion of a terrorist attack and pointing out it could be a bombing in central damascus". Syria