Death toll from IS bomb attacks in Syria reaches 142

<p><span style="font-size: 16px;">A series of bombings Sunday outside Damascus and in Homs, Syria, killed at least 142 people, with the Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attacks.</span></p>

At least 83 people were killed in a series of blasts in the Sayyida Zeinab suburb of the Syrian capital, wounding more than 170 others, according to the official Syrian Arab News Agency.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said car bombs killed 59 people in the central Syrian city of Homs.

The attacks outside Damascus and in Homs occurred in areas where there are many supporters of the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

The bombings came as United States Secretary of State John Kerry announced Sunday that he and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov had reached a "provisional agreement" toward a cessation of hostilities in Syria.

Published: 22 Feb 2016