Explosive device blast kills judge in Syrian capitalSouce:Xinhua Publish By Thomas Whittle Updated 08/11/2012 1:47 am in World / 1 comment
DAMASCUS, Nov. 7 — An explosive device tore through a judge’s car in the Barzeh district of Syrian capital Damascus on Wednesday, killing him instantly, a pro-government radio said.
Sham FM radio gave no further details about the blast, which came just hours after four mortar shells struck the Damascus district of al-Mazzeh 86 and left material damage and injuries.
Pro-government media said the mortars were fired from the nearby Kafar-Suseh orchard, which has emerged as a stronghold for armed militias.
The Mazzeh 86 area is dominated by people of the Alawite minority, to which Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the ruling elites belong.
The occurrence of explosions has surged recently across the country, most notably in Damascus, as bombing incidents have grabbed the headlines of local media.
Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halki on Wednesday visited the blast site in al-Mazzeh and pledged that the restoration process will soon start.
“The terrorists’ crimes will not dissuade us from our stances and this battle is drawing to a close,” he was cited by the state- media as saying.
Meanwhile, local media cited official sources as denying media reports by some Arab TVs that the mortar shells struck the presidential palace and a military air force base in al-Mazzeh.