At least two people were killed on Monday in rare suicide blasts in the central Syrian city of Hama, claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group.
State news agency SANA, citing a local police source, said two "terrorists" detonated their explosive belts near Assi Square in the city center about 15 minutes apart.
The attack killed two people and wounded 12 others, Hama governor Ghassan Khalaf told state television.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor, one of the blasts hit a building used by the ruling Baath party.
The IS-affiliated Amaq news agency said "suicide attacks by fighters from the Islamic State using explosive vests" targeted government buildings in the city.
IS holds some territory in northeastern swathes of Hama province, but it is the first time they have claimed an attack in the city, which has remained relatively insulated from the brutal violence of Syria's five-year war.
In August 2013, a car bomb in the city killed Hama's former governor, and another blast two months later left more than 30 people dead.