Twin bombs targeting Shiite pilgrims killed 59 people in Damascus on Saturday, most of them Iraqis, a monitoring group said of one of the bloodiest attacks in the Syrian capital.
A roadside bomb detonated as a bus passed by and a suicide bomber blew himself up in the Bab al-Saghir area, which houses several Shiite mausoleums that draw pilgrims from around the world, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The explosions killed 47 pilgrims, most of them Iraqi Shiites, and 12 Syrian pro-government fighters, Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.
"There are also dozens of people wounded, some of them in a serious condition," he told AFP.
Syrian state television said 40 people were killed and 120 wounded after "terrorists detonated two bombs".
It broadcast footage of several white buses with their windows shattered, some charred and peppered with shrapnel.