Syrian Minister of Defense Rajiha killed in suicide bombing

Dawoud Rajiha, Syrian Minister of Defense was killed in the suicide bombing that targeted National Security building in Damascus during a meeting of Cabinet ministers and senior security officials, according to Syrian sources

Update; Hezbollah’s mouthpiece Al Manar reported that the Syrian minister of Interior was seriously injured in suicide bombing.

al Manar also reported that Intelligence chief Assef Shawkat was seriously injured

Syria’s minister of Information is expected to hold a press conference shortly to talk about the suicide attack

The explosion marks a pivotal point in the 16-month Syrian crisis and comes days after heavy violence reached the seat of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Rajiha is the highest-ranking known member of the Syrian regime to be killed.

Meanwhile, in the besieged city of Homs, “regime forces have intensified the shelling by using helicopter gunships, artillery and mortars in the city,” the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria said.

By midday Wednesday, at least 15 people had been killed across the country, the opposition network said.

  • Moe2000

    The bomber — said by a Reuters security source to be a bodyguard
    assigned to Assad’s inner circle — struck during a meeting attended by
    ministers and senior security officials in the Syrian capital as battles
    raged within sight of the presidential palace.
    Defense Minister
    Dawoud Rajha, 65, a former army general, was the country’s most senior
    Christian government official. Assad appointed him to the post last
    year.

  • Moe2000

    The bomber — said by a Reuters security source to be a bodyguard
    assigned to Assad’s inner circle — struck during a meeting attended by
    ministers and senior security officials in the Syrian capital as battles
    raged within sight of the presidential palace.
    Defense Minister
    Dawoud Rajha, 65, a former army general, was the country’s most senior
    Christian government official. Assad appointed him to the post last
    year.

  • Moe2000

    The bomber — said by a Reuters security source to be a bodyguard
    assigned to Assad’s inner circle — struck during a meeting attended by
    ministers and senior security officials in the Syrian capital as battles
    raged within sight of the presidential palace.
    Defense Minister
    Dawoud Rajha, 65, a former army general, was the country’s most senior
    Christian government official. Assad appointed him to the post last
    year.

  • Patience2

    Well … they’re getting closer.  When is Assad going to plant his butt on that $400,000 of new furniture??

  • Patience2

    Well … they’re getting closer.  When is Assad going to plant his butt on that $400,000 of new furniture??

  • Patience2

    Well … they’re getting closer.  When is Assad going to plant his butt on that $400,000 of new furniture??