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Syrian defense minister killed in suicide blast

2 years ago July 18, 2012 Jul 18, 2012 Wednesday, July 18 2012 Wednesday, July 18, 2012 6:04:05 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press

BEIRUT - Syria's state-run TV says the country's defense minister has been killed in a suicide blast in the capital.

Wednesday's attack struck the National Security building in Damascus during a meeting of Cabinet ministers and senior security officials. State-run TV said some of the officials were seriously wounded.

The capital has seen four straight days of clashes pitting government troops against rebels, who are trying to bring down the regime by force.

The fighting is an unprecedented challenge to government rule in President Bashar Assad's seat of power.

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