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Syrian PM survives assassination bid

Written By Joseph Y. Musa on Monday, April 29, 2013 | 4/29/2013 09:42:00 am

SYRIAN Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi has escaped an assassination bid, surviving a blast that targeted his convoy in Damascus, Syrian state television reports.


"The terrorist explosion in Mazzeh was an attempt to target the prime minister's convoy and Dr Wael al-Halqi was unharmed," state television reported on Monday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights watchdog reported that a car bomb targeted Halqi's convoy as it passed through the Mazzeh district of Damascus, killing one of his bodyguards.
Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said Halqi's driver and a second bodyguard were also seriously wounded in the explosion.
An AFP photographer at the scene said several vehicles were destroyed in the blast, including a bus burned out by the explosion. The windshields of other cars nearby were also blown out.
Mazzeh is an upscale neighbourhood in western Damascus, home to a number of senior regime figures.
Halqi was appointed prime minister in August 2012 after his predecessor Riad Hijab defected to the opposition.


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