Damascus: At least 18 people were killed, including children, and 40 wounded in a double car bomb attack near a school and hospital in Syria's Homs city on Wednesday, a monitor said.
"Two terrorist explosions near the Akrameh al-Makhzumi school and the Zaim hospital caused deaths and injuries," said state television.
Both the official news agency SANA and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group also reported the attacks, and said one of them had been caused by a car bomb.
"Children were among the casualties in the blasts," said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman, adding that it was unclear what had caused the second blast.
The blasts hit the Akrameh neighbourhood of Homs, which is home to a majority of Alawites, members of the same sect of Shiite Islam to which President Bashar al-Assad belongs.