At least eight people have lost their lives when a powerful explosion ripped through a heavily secured district of the Syrian Capital Damascus. Police said, a bomber blew himself up in the Southwestern Kafr Sousa neighborhood of Damascus, where some of Syria’s main security installations are located.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for human rights, meanwhile, said the death toll was expected to rise as several of the wounded were in a critical condition. Government forces later secured the evacuation of remaining civilians and armed groups from the city under a ceasefire deal with the militant groups.