Syrian officials: 15 killed in university attack

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DAMASCUS, Syria — Mortar shells slammed into a cafeteria at Damascus University today, killing at least 15 people and wounding 20 in what was the deadliest in a string of such attacks on President Bashar Assad’s seat of power, state media and officials said.

Rebels began firing shells at the capital earlier this year, and the strikes have become increasingly common in recent weeks as rebels clash with government troops on the east and south sides of the city.

State-run TV said 15 people were killed when mortar shells struck the cafeteria of the university’s architecture department in the central Baramkeh district. A Syrian official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to give official statements said 20 people were wounded in the attack.

There was no claim of responsibility for the attack, which came two days after rebels barraged Damascus with mortar shells that killed at least three people.

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