Car bomb explodes in the central Syrian city of Homs; official says several people killed

A Syrian official says a car bomb has exploded in a market in the central city of Homs, killing several people.

The official said the blast happened Wednesday in a busy market in the pro-government neighborhood of Akrama. The official said: "There are martyrs and wounded people."

The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not being authorized to speak to journalists.

Syrian state television said the explosion wounded several people, but did not elaborate.

Lebanon's Al-Manar satellite television channel, owned by the militant Hezbollah group, said the blast killed at least seven people.

Homs has been hit by car bombs in the past, mostly targeting pro-government neighborhoods. Syria's uprising and civil war has killed more than 220,000 people since it began in March 2011.