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Syrian media say mortar shells have killed 14, wounded 86

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DAMASCUS, Syria — Four mortar shells exploded today in central Damascus, killing 14 people and wounding scores, state media said.

The attacks in the Syrian capital come a day after President Bashar Assad announced his candidacy for the June 3 presidential elections, a race he is likely to win amid a raging civil war that initially started as an uprising against his rule.

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