File photo shows the entrance to Aleppo University.
Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:57PM GMT
At least 80 people have been killed and scores of others injured after two explosions hit Aleppo University in Syria’s second largest city, Press TV reports.
An opposition watchdog said one of the explosions has hit an area between the university dormitories and the Faculty of Architecture. It was not immediately clear where the second blast had happened.
State television said "terrorists launched two rockets" at the university complex.
Press TV has learned that women and children are among the dead.
"The explosion caused casualties among both students on their first day of exams, and people displaced from areas of the city damaged by terrorist attacks and who have sought refuge in the university complex," state news agency SANA reported.
Aleppo University is the second largest university in Syria after the University of Damascus. It is also considered as the top academic institution in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.
There were no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosions, but the Damascus has accused foreign-backed terrorists fighting against the Syrian government of similar incidents.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed in the turmoil.
A recent UN report has revealed that militants from 29 countries have so far infiltrated into Syria to fight against the Damascus government, most of whom are extremist Salafists.
The Syrian government has repeatedly said that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and that a very large number of the militants operating in the country are foreign nationals.