Syrian TV announced the death of a fourth top regime official Friday morning from the suicide bombing earlier in the week that killed members of Bashar al-Assad's inner circle.
AP reported that Syria's national security chief Gen. Hisham Ikhtiar died at a Damascus hospital from injuries from the attack carried out Wednesday by a bodyguard at the national security headquarters.
His death was announced as the Syrian regime held funeral ceremonies for the three other deceased officials close to Assad: his defense minister, a brother-in-law and a veteran army general.
Russia and China again voted against UN resolutions to impose sanctions on Syria on Thursday.
The first images of the Syrian President since Wednesday's attack were broadcasted late Thursday, quelling rumours of his whereabouts.