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Syria's defence minister General Daoud Rajha was killed in bomb attack
Syria's defence minister General Daoud Rajha was killed in Wednesday's bomb attack on the National Security headquarters in Damascus, state TV said.
The Interior Minister and Assad's brother-in-law Assef Shawkat was seriously wounded in the blast, Al Manar TV reported.
Security officials told AFP that several other participants in a top-level meeting were wounded in the blast and taken to Al-Shami hospital in the capital for treatment.
The attack took place during a meeting of ministers and security officials - it wounded several people, some of them critically, state television said.
Al-Mayadeen, a Lebanon-based news channel, said several senior security officials had been killed in the blast, without giving details. Activists in Damascus said by telephone that Republican Guards sealed of the Shami hospital in the capital after ambulances had brought casualties from the site of the explosion.