Syrian state TV says prime minister has escaped assassination attempt in Damascus

Associated Press
This image taken from video obtained from Ugarit, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian Army tank in the streets of the Jobar district of Damascus, Syria, Friday, April 26, 2013. On the streets of Damascus, the two-year old conflict dragged on Friday, with government troops pushing into two northern neighborhoods, triggering heavy fighting with rebels as they tried to advance under air and artillery support, activists said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the fighting between rebels and soldiers backed by pro-government militiamen was concentrated in the Jobar and Barzeh areas.(AP Photo/Ugarit via AP video)
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This image taken from video obtained from Ugarit, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian Army tank in the streets of the Jobar district of Damascus, Syria, Friday, April 26, 2013. On the streets of Damascus, the two-year old conflict dragged on Friday, with government troops pushing into two northern neighborhoods, triggering heavy fighting with rebels as they tried to advance under air and artillery support, activists said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the fighting between rebels and soldiers backed by pro-government militiamen was concentrated in the Jobar and Barzeh areas.(AP Photo/Ugarit via AP video)

DAMASCUS, Syria - State-run Syrian TV says the country's prime minister has escaped an assassination attempt when a bomb went off near his convoy.

The TV says Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi was unhurt in the attack in the capital's western neighbourhood of Mazzeh. The TV said Monday's bombing left a number of casualties.

The attack was not the first targeting a high official in the Syrian capital.

On July 18, a blast at the Syrian national security building in Damascus during a meeting of Cabinet ministers killed the defence minister and his deputy, who was President Bashar Assad's brother-in-law. That attack also wounded the interior minister.

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