Bashar Assad's brother-in-law wounded in Syria bombing

July 18, 2012 15:49

BEIRUT - Syrian Interior Minister Mohammad Ibrahim al-Shaar and President Bashar Assad's brother-in-law Assef Shawkat were wounded in a Damascus explosion on Wednesday, Lebanon's Hezbollah-owned al-Manar television said.

Syrian state television said earlier that a "terrorist bomb" exploded during a meeting of ministers and security officials at a national security building in Damascus, killing Deference Minister Daoud Rajha.

Western diplomats in the region confirmed that Shawkat, who is also the deputy minister of defense, was wounded in the explosion

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