A seven-year-old girl calmly walked into a Damascus police station before blowing herself up, Syrian media has reported.
The explosion in the bustling Midan neighborhood of the Syrian capital wounded three police officers, said the Al-Watan daily, which is close to the government.
‘A seven-year-old girl entered the police station, carrying a belt that was detonated from afar,’ the paper posted on its Facebook page. A police source told Al-Watan that the little girl had appeared lost and asked to use the bathroom when the explosives went off.
A clip filmed at the scene of the incident, in the centre of Damascus, shows parts of the building reduced to rubble in the blast.
At one stage in the report, the camera shows the child’s remains, which have been blurred out. The girl’s explosive device was reportedly detonated by her handlers, who were outside the building at the time.
Although rebel groups have fired rockets and mortar rounds into the capital, explosions inside the city itself are rare.