Syrian P.M. Survives Assassination Attempt

    People look at a damaged vehicle at the scene of an explosion in the Mazzeh district of the Syrian capital Damascus on April 29, 2013, which is believed to have targeted the prime minister's convoy. Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi escaped an assassination bid, surviving a blast that targeted his convoy in Damascus, Syrian state television reported.   AFP PHOTO/ LOUAI BESHARA        (Photo credit should read LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Well, that was close. Syria’s prime minister narrowly escaped an assassination attempt after a car bomb was detonated in a pricey Damascus neighborhood. State media say that the bomb, which went off by Prime Minister Wael Nader al-Halqi’s convoy, killed a bodyguard. The blast also knocked the windows out of a bus parked nearby. The attack happened in Mezze, a popular spot in the capital for senior officials. The blast is the latest attempt on a high-ranking official—last week an official was shot with a silenced gun at a restaurant in the neighborhood.

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