DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- An attack today in Damascus is revealing the vulnerability of President Bashar Assad’s regime.
The country’s prime minister narrowly escaped an assassination attempt. According to state media, he was targeted in a bombing that killed as many as five other people. A government official said two people were killed and 11 were wounded. An activist group based in Britain put the death toll at five, including two bodyguards and a driver.
The bomber struck as the prime minister’s convoy drove through a neighborhood that is home to embassies, government officials and business elites.
It’s among a series of attacks targeting government officials in recent weeks. Last month, a suicide bombing at a mosque in Damascus killed a leading Sunni Muslim preacher and outspoken supporter of Assad. It followed a blast last July that killed four top regime officials, including Assad’s brother-in-law and the defense minister, at the Syrian national security building in the capital.