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Syrian interior minister injured but “stable,” state TV reports

Syrian state TV on Wednesday denied that Interior Minister Mohammed al-Shaar was killed in the deadly explosion that rocked the heavily guarded National Security headquarters in Damascus.

However the regime’s mouthpiece did report him as being injured but “in a stable condition.”

The explosion killed Syrian Defense Minister General Daoud Rajha and President Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law Assef Shawkat.

The attack, which for the first time in a 16-month anti-regime uprising targeted members of Bashar al-Assad's inner core, came hours ahead of a UN Security Council debate on Syrian sanctions, when a showdown between Western powers and Russia and China is expected.

Officials said the bomber struck as ministers and security officials were meeting at the heavily guarded National Security headquarters in Damascus.

Syria's rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.

-AFP/NOW Lebanon

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