KILLED President Bashar al-Assad brother in Suicide Attack al Jazeera
Massive Bomb Strikes at Assad's Inner Circle resident Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law Asef Shawkat and the country's defense minister were killed in a massive bombing in central Damascus on Wednesday, Syrian state media said. Enlarge Image image image Reuters Defense Minister Maj. Gen. Dawoud Rajha, above in an undated file photo, was killed in an attack against the so-called national security building in the Syrian capital's Rawda Square. Syria in the Spotlight Take a look back over the highlights of the past year in Syria in a timeline, and review the latest events in a map. View Interactive More photos and interactive graphics State television said Mr. Shawkat and Defense Minister Maj. Gen. Dawood Rajha were killed in an attack against the so-called national security building in the capital's Rawda Square, while they and other senior security and defense leaders were meeting inside. President Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law Asef Shawkat and the country's defense minister were killed in a massive bombing in central Damascus, Syrian state media said. Nour Malas has details on The News Hub. Syria's information minister Omran al-Zughbi, who confirmed the deaths of Mr. Shawkat and Gen. Rajha, said it was a terrorist act plotted in collaboration with the intelligence services of Western countries and Gulf Arab states as well as Turkey. "They committed a crime and they will pay for it," said Mr. Zughbi, referring to these countries that strongly back the Syrian opposition <b>...</b>
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