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A Syrian soldier stands at a site where suicide bombers attacked a police station in Damascus, Syria October 2, 2017. REUTERS/Firas Makdesi


BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State said three of its fighters carried out an attack on a Damascus police station on Monday in which 17 people were reportedly killed.

In a statement distributed on an Islamic State channel via the Telegram messaging service on Tuesday, the jihadist group said two of the fighters fired shots in the station before blowing themselves up. The third blew himself up later as "reinforcements" arrived.

Pro-Damascus newspaper al-Watan said 17 people were killed in the attack in the al-Midan neighbourhood of Damascus, the first of its kind in the capital since July. The Syrian government has not issued a casualty toll.

(Reporting by Sarah Dadouch; Editing by Tom Perry; editing by John Stonestreet)

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