82 die in Syrian university blasts
At least 82 students in Syria were killed today in two explosions that rocked the university in Aleppo, Syria's biggest city, Syria's UN envoy told the UN Security Council.
"A cowardly terrorist act targeted the students of Aleppo University as they sat for their midterm examinations. This act killed 82 students and wounded 162 other students," Syria's UN ambassador, Bashar Ja'afari, told the council during a debate on counter-terrorism.
The cause of the explosions was not clear but the government and opposition activists blamed each other.
An earlier report from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights had said at least 52 people were killed and dozens wounded in the two blasts.
The two explosions hit the university during the day while students were sitting exams.
The Observatory said in a statement that its death toll was based on reports from doctors and students.