Blast near Syrian capital Damascus kills one: reports

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An explosion close to a police station near the Syrian capital has killed one officer and wounded four others, state media report

The reports, citing the Interior Ministry, did not provide further details on the explosion in the town of Barzeh, just north of Damascus.

Initial reports only mentioned five injured officers.

The state news agency SANA circulated photos of a charred car with investigators assessing the damage.

A pro-government radio station cited a police source and said the car that exploded was a "private vehicle".

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion.

The explosion comes as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is making strides in restoring ties with the Arab world.

Syria was readmitted into the Arab League on Sunday following a 12-year suspension.

On Tuesday, the Syrian and Saudi foreign ministries announced the reopening of their diplomatic missions.