The Latest: Syrian state TV: deadly blast at Latakia mosque

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Syria’s SANA news agency said that the blast was caused by a motorcycle bombing

A suicide bombing outside of a mosque in Syria’s coastal city of Latakia left at least one dead and three wounded Thursday, Syrian state TV reported.

Syria’s SANA news agency said that the blast was caused by a motorcycle bombing.

The blast occurred as worshipers were leaving the Khulafa Rashideen mosque near the city center as prayers ended.

Latakia province is largely regime-held and a bastion of support for President Bashar al-Assad.

Earlier this month a wave of bombings in the coastal cities of Tartus and Jableh, killing 148.

Seven near-simultaneous explosions targeted bus stations, hospitals and other civilian sites in the seaside cities which until then had been relatively insulated from Syria’s five-year civil war. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the blasts.

IS is not known to have a presence in Syria’s coastal provinces, where its jihadist rival, the al-Qaida-affiliated al-Nusra Front, is much more prominent.

This is a developing story

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