Two explosions hit security complexes in the Syrian capital Damascus on Saturday, killing several civilians and security force personnel, state television reported.

Damascus residents said smoke could be seen rising from the areas where the blasts struck.

State television said the explosions were terrorist attacks and that initial investigations showed they both caused by car bombs. It one explosion targeted an intelligence complex and the second hit a security police building, it said.

The blasts took place two days after the first anniversary of year-long uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, in which the United Nations says more than 8,000 people have been killed.

Dozens of people were killed in three bombings in Damascus in December and January.

(Reporting by Dominic Evans and Khaled Yacoub Oweis; editing by Michael Roddy)