Two bombs went off near the Syrian military's joint chiefs of staff's offices in central Damascus on Sunday, state television said.

The explosions struck the Abu Rumaneh district of the Syrian capital, wounding four people, state TV said.

Government officials say the explosion appeared to target a building under construction near the offices of the military's joint chiefs of staff. The building, which was empty at the time of the blast, is a base for army officers who guard the joint chiefs of staff offices, which are located some yards away.

The officials say the wounded were army officers.

No other details were immediately available.

The officials insisted on anonymity because they are not allowed to brief the media.