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Syria says arrests person responsible for Damascus bombing

MP says suspect worked at security headquarters where bombing that killed top Assad regime officials took place

Syrian authorities have arrested a person said to have carried out a bomb attack last week that killed four senior security officials, an Iranian news agency reported on Tuesday.


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The suspect worked at the security headquarters in Damascus where the bombing took place, Fars news agency quoted Syrian parliament member Mohammad Zahir Ghanoum as saying.


The attack killed the defense minister, a general, the brother-in-law of President Bashar al-Assad and Syria's intelligence chief, the most significant strike against the country's leadership as it struggles to suppress an armed rebellion.


"The agent who committed the explosion against the Syria Supreme National Security Council building was arrested," Ghanoum said.


"The arrested individual is a staff member of that same building but I cannot give further details. Probably in the near future this person's confession will be broadcast."


A security source told Reuters last week the bomber was a bodyguard entrusted with protecting the closest members of Assad's circle. Syrian state television said a suicide bomber was responsible.



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