At least 71 people have died in blasts near the Shia shrine of Sayyida Zeinab, south of Syria’s capital Damascus.

A bus station and a building housing military headquarters were hit by the blasts, which mangled nearby vehicles.

According to BBC News, the attack, claimed by the Islamic State group, happened as the government and opposition groups gathered in Geneva in a bid to start talks aimed at a political solution to the conflict.

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