Nicosia: Syria's Muslim Brotherhood claimed responsibility on Saturday for two suicide bombings in Damascus that killed 44 people a day earlier.

"One of our victorious Sunni brigades was able to target the state security building in Kfar Suseh in the heart of the Omayyad capital Damascus in a successful operation carried out by four of our kamikazes drawn from the best of our glorious men, leaving many dead and wounded from the ranks of the Assad gangs," it said on its official website.

The claim contradicted accusations by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad that the bombings, which also wounded 166 people, were the work of al-Qaeda. The opposition Syrian National Council that the regime had carried them out.

(Agencies)