ISIS Claims Two Blasts in Syria's Homs That Kill 57

Once the capital of the Syrian revolution, the government-controlled city has been hit with a wave of explosions in recent months.

Syrians gather at the site of a double car bomb attack in the the central Syrian city of Homs on February 21, 2016.
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Two blasts in the central Syrian city of Homs on Sunday have killed 57 people and wounded dozens, a monitoring group reported.

A state television report said the blasts struck in the pro-government neighborhood of Zahraa – a frequent target for similar explosions. ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attacks. 

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the first blast was caused by a vehicle rigged with explosives. It said it was not immediately clear if the second was caused by a car bomb or a suicide attacker wearing an explosive belt.

Homs, once dubbed the capital of the Syrian revolution, has been hit with a wave of explosions in recent months, killing and wounding scores of people.

Further up north, Syria's army and allies, backed by Russian airstrikes, recaptured 18 villages from Islamic State fighters in eastern Aleppo province on Saturday, the observatory reported.