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Syrian state media reports that car bomb in central city of Homs kills 7 people

Syrian state-run media says a car bomb has exploded in the central city of Homs, killing at least seven people.

State news agency SANA said the vehicle exploded Sunday in the Arman neighborhood, home to mostly minority Christians and Alawites, the sect of the President Bashar Assad. It says two rockets also were fired at the site after the bombing.

The neighborhood has been repeatedly hit by car bombs.

Syria's conflict, which began as a 2011 uprising, has turned into a chaotic war with sectarian overtones. Mostly Sunni Muslim rebels fight against forces loyal to Assad. Extremist militant groups also fight other rebels and government forces. Car bombs have hit opposition and government-controlled areas of Syria.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported the bombing and death toll.