BEIRUT: At least 46 persons were killed and dozens injured today in a double car bomb attack in the central Syrian city of Homs.

 The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said most of those killed appeared to be civilians. The toll could rise further because of the number of seriously wounded, it added.

 “Syrian state television gave a toll of at least 25 dead, citing Homs provincial governor Talal Barazi,” media reports said.

 The bombings appeared to have caused extensive damage, ripping the fronts off shops surrounding the site and mangling cars and minibuses.

 The attacks were some of the deadliest to hit the city, which has been regularly targeted in blasts, including a devastating attack at a school in October 2014 that killed 48 children and four adults.