Syrian state TV: Bombing in Damascus kills 1 amid fierce fighting in city's suburbs

Syria's state television says a booby trapped car has exploded in a neighborhood of the capital, Damascus, killing one person.

The report says Thursday's explosion went off outside the offices of the Red Crescent society.

It's the latest in a series of bombings that have hit Damascus in recent weeks amid fierce fighting in the capital's suburbs between President Bashar Assad's forces and rebels seeking to topple him.

Activists say the car bomb exploded in the al-Zahera district on the southern edge of Damascus.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the explosion was followed by a heavy deployment of security troops in the area.