Funeral held for Syria officials killed in bombing

By REUTERS
July 20, 2012 15:15

BEIRUT - A funeral ceremony was held on Friday for three of Syrian President Bashar Assad's senior security officials who were killed in a bomb attack, Syrian state television said, without mentioning whether the president attended.

The attack on a meeting of Assad's inner circle on Wednesday killed his brother-in-law Assef Shawkat, Defense Minister Daoud Rajha and veteran army general Hassan Turkmani.

The president's younger brother Maher attended the joint ceremony for the men at a military monument in Damascus, said a different television station, Al-Manar, owned by the Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah which is a close ally of the Syrian government.

A fourth Syrian official, intelligence chief Hisham Bekhtyar, has died of wounds suffered in the Damascus bombing, the government said on Friday.


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