AL JAZEERA, BBC, ASSOCIATED PRESS
DAMASCUS -At least six people died and 20 others were wounded in a blast Monday targeting Syrian Prime Minister Wael Al-Halqi’s car in central Damascus.
The explosive device was planted under a parked car in a busy intersection, and then detonated as Al-Halqi’s car drove by, reports AP. The Prime Minister escaped unharmed.
The attack clearly appears the work of Syrian rebels aiming to cut off the head of the Syrian government, reports Al Jazeera reporter Rula Amin, saying this is a move to confirm their unwavering resolution.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack but the main rebel group, the jihadists of al-Nusra, has orchestrated similar operations in the past, according to BBC News.
Over the past year, two other direct attacks targeted the government: the defence minister and his deputy (Bashar Al-Assad’s brother in law) were killed in July 2012 and Interior Minister Mohammed al-Shaar was badly injured in December in another car bomb, reports Al-Jazeera.