Current Event Cat of the Day: Car Bomb in Syria

Current Event Cat - Syrian Car Bomb

Syria’s Prime Minister narrowly escaped an assassination attempt after a car bomb was detonated in Damascus.

The car bomb targeted Prime Minister Wael Nader al-Halqi’s convoy and while the PM survived unharmed, his faithful bodyguard died in the blast. That’s what bodyguards are for!

The explosion happened near a public garden and a school in the a well-to-do neighbourhood in the Mazzeh district of the capital. The bomb was reportedly placed underneath a parked car in the area. Surrounding vehicles were destroyed beyond recognition in the blast, including a badly damaged bus.

The blast is the latest in a string of attempts to eliminate top members of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Last week an official was shot with a silenced gun at a restaurant in the neighborhood. Last July a suicide bomb attack killed Syria’s defence minister and deputy defence minister and left the country’s interior minister seriously wounded.  Sounds like whoever they got to pull off this assassination wasn’t very good at their job.

So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack (possibly because they failed at their task…), but similar bombing have been linked to the jihadist al-Nusra Front, one of the rebel groups fighting the regime. Al-Nusra!!!

Syrian government forces and rebels have been fighting for years now. 70,000 people have been killed since the violence broke out in March 2011. And the bodyguard makes 70,001….

Via: Current Event Cats

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