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Dozens killed in Damascus suicide bombing at mosque

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Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2013-03-21

A blast at a mosque in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Thursday killed at least 42 people, including pro-regime cleric Mohammed al-Buti, according to the Syrian health ministry.

An explosion at a mosque in the Syrian capital on Thursday killed at least 42 people, including a senior pro-government Muslim cleric, and wounded 84, the Syrian health ministry said.

State television and anti-government activists had earlier reported 15 dead. The television said a “terrorist suicide blast” hit the Iman Mosque in central Damascus, and Mohammed al-Buti, imam of the ancient Ummayyad Mosque, was among the dead.

Buti, a government-appointed cleric reviled by the Syrian opposition movement, delivered the official weekly Friday mosque sermons on state television.

(REUTERS)

Date created : 2013-03-21

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