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Explosions kill 25 in blast at Syrian security compound

Syrian Arab News Agency via EPA

A handout photo released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency shows Syrian security members gathering at one of bombing scenes that targeted security compounds in Aleppo, Syria, on Feb. 10. At least 25 people were killed and 175 injured in two explosions that targeted security compounds in Syria's second largest city, Aleppo, state television reported. The two blasts were the first to hit Aleppo, which has witnessed relative calm since the uprising against the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad started in mid-March.

Syrian Arab News Agency via Reuters

Damaged cars are seen outside a military security building, one of two sites of bomb blasts in Syria's northern city of Aleppo Feb. 10, in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. Twenty-five people were killed and 175 people were wounded in two blasts targeting security bases in Aleppo on Friday, state television quoted the Health Ministry as saying.

Beirut -- Two explosions targeted security compounds in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Friday, state media reported, saying 25 people were killed and 175 wounded in a major city that has so far largely stood by President Bashar Assad in the nearly 11-month-old uprising against his rule.

The blasts were the first significant violence in the northern city, Syria's largest. Along with the capital Damascus, Aleppo is Syria's economic center, home to the business community and prosperous merchant classes whose continued backing for Assad has been crucial in propping up his regime. The city has seen only occasional protests.

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-- msnbc.com news services

See our earlier report on the bombing in PhotoBlog.

Syrian Arab News Agency via EPA

A handout photo released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency shows Syrian rescue teams working at one of bombing scenes that targeted security compounds in Aleppo, Syria, Feb. 10. At least 25 people were killed and 175 injured in two explosions that targeted security compounds in Syria's second largest city, Aleppo, state television reported. The two blasts were the first to hit Aleppo, which has witnessed relative calm since the uprising against the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad started in mid-March.