At least 42 people were killed on Saturday in the western Syrian city of Homs after suicide bombers blew up themselves at two heavily guarded security facilities.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring network, said suicide bombers blew themselves up and gunmen opened fire outside the headquarters of general and military intelligence, two of the most fortified complexes in the area.
An al-Qaeda-linked alliance of rebel groups known as Tahrir al-Sham said it was responsible for the attacks, which took place as Syrian government and opposition delegates met in Geneva for the latest round of a stuttering peace process.
Among the dead was Gen. Hassan Daeboul, one of the province’s most senior security officials and the former head of one of Damascus’s most notorious detention facilities.
The violence took place as Syrian government and opposition delegates met in Geneva for the latest round of talks aimed at bringing Syria’s six-year-old crisis to an end.
Hopes of a breakthrough are low, and the very existence of a peace process has caused rebel forces in northwestern Syria to descend into infighting.
Factions within the al-Qaeda-linked Tahrir al-Sham alliance have attacked groups that backed a separate set of negotiations in the Kazakh capital of Astana earlier this year.