Syrian Defense Minister Killed in Damascus Suicide Bomb
"The terrorist explosion which targeted the national security building in Damascus occurred during a meeting of ministers and a number of heads of (security) agencies," the television. Activists at the scene said that Republican Guard troops sealed off Damascus's Shami Hospital after ambulances arrived with casualties from the explosion. A report from Lebanese-based news channel Al-Mayadeen said that several senior security officials were killed in the explosion. Overnight, the revolt against Syrian President Bashar Assad came within sight of his presidential palace as fighting erupted in major Damascus neighborhoods for a fourth day. An army barracks near the "palace of the people," a huge Soviet style complex overlooking the sprawling capital from the western district of Dummar, came under rebel fire around 7.30 am (0430 GMT), activists and a resident said.