Syrian Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha has been killed in a bomb explosion at the headquarters of the National Security Bureau in the capital Damascus.
Syria’s Interior Minister Major General Mohammad Ibrahim al-Shaar and many others were also injured in the bombing in Rawda district on Wednesday.
Cabinet ministers and senior security officials were meeting inside the building at the time of the explosion.
“The Minister of Defense was martyred by the terrorist bombing that targeted the national security building,” state TV reported.
Dawoud Rajiha, 65, was appointed to the post last year.
Damascus blames ”outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups” for the unrest, insisting that it is being orchestrated from neighboring countries such as Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.Terror groups backed by Zionist Israel and US have been attacking civilians for the last 16 months.