A bomb went off in front of a mosque and killed 14 people in Homs, Syrian state television said on Friday, with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad looking close to wresting the symbolic central city back from rebels.

“Fourteen people were killed and dozens wounded in a terrorist bomb in front of the Bilal al Habshi mosque … as people left the mosque,” state television said. The mosque is in a government-controlled part of Homs.

Syrian authorities generally refer to attacks by rebels as “terrorist”, but there was no way to verify who was responsible for the blast. The Lebanese Al-Mayadeen TV station, which has reporters inĀ Syria, said it was a car bomb. […]