At least 71 people have died in blasts near the Shiite shrine of Sayyida Zeinab, south of Syria’s capital Damascus. A bus station and a building housing military headquarters were hit by the blasts, which mangled nearby vehicles. The attack, Sunday, was carried out by two suicide bombers, but some witnesses spoke of three blasts. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that, of the 71 people killed, 42 were fighters loyal to the Assad regime. The group said another 29 civilians, including five children, died. The blasts took place several hundred meters from the golden-domed shrine, which was not itself damaged. It contains the grave of one of the Prophet Muhammad’s grand-daughters and continues to draw many Shiite pilgrims, despite the civil war. The attack, claimed by the Islamic State group, was aimed at disrupting talks in Geneva aimed at a political solution to the Syrian crisis, the EU said. The bombings were “clearly aimed to disrupt the attempts to start a political process” in Geneva, said EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.