BEIRUT: A video posted online in the name of a shadowy militant group is claiming responsibility for twin suicide bombings in the Syrian capital this week that killed 55 people.
In the video posted late Friday, a group calling itself the Al-Nusra Front says the bombing was in response to attacks on residential areas by the regime of President Bashar Assad.
"We fulfilled our promise to respond with strikes with explosions," a distorted voice says.
The video's authenticity could not be independently verified. The Al-Nusra Front has claimed past bombings in Syria through posts on militant websites. Little is known about the group.
Thursday's bombing in Damascus raised fears that al-Qaida-linked extremists are joining the anti-Assad fight.