80 killed in blast in Syria's Aleppo university

Damascus, Jan. 16 (Xinhua-ANI): At least 80 people have been killed and 40 others injured when a big blast rocked a university in Syria's northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday, local media said.

The blast rocked the faculty of Information Engineering in the University of Aleppo, the reports said, adding that it was very big and caused many casualties.

The blast was caused by two missiles fired from an area close to al-Layramoun roundabout by some gunmen, who were trying to bring down a war jet flying overhead, the reports said.

Aleppo, Syria's largest city, has emerged as the main focal point of deadly violence in Syria's 22-month-old crisis.

The armed rebels there have been pushing for territorial gains to control the city in the hope of establishing their de facto capital in that crucial slice of Syria. (Xinhua-ANI)

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