Syrian President's Brother-In-Law Dies in Attack

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
This image made from video provided by Shaam News Network Tuesday, July 17,  2012, purports to show Syrian tanks in Damascus, Syria. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HAS NO WAY OF INDEPENDENTLY VERIFYING THE CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS PICTURE.

This image made from video provided by Shaam News Network Tuesday, July 17, 2012, purports to show Syrian tanks in Damascus, Syria. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HAS NO WAY OF INDEPENDENTLY VERIFYING THE CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS PICTURE.

Syria's state-run TV says President Bashar Assad's brother-in-law is among the dead in a suicide bombing in Damascus.

Gen. Assef Shawkat was the deputy defense minister in Syria. He was among the most feared figures in Assad's inner circle. He is married to Assad's elder sister, Bushra.

Defense Minister Dawoud Rajha also was killed in Wednesday's blast.

The interior minister was wounded.

State-TV says the bomber struck the National Security building during a meeting of Cabinet ministers and senior security officials.


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