x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Major assassination attempts in Syria's conflict

Syrian opposition forces have targeted government officials, army and police officers and civil servants in their campaign to topple president Bashar Al Assad's regime.

BEIRUT // Syrian opposition forces have targeted government officials, army and police officers and civil servants in their campaign to topple president Bashar Al Assad's regime.

Here is a list of some of the major assassination attempts in Syria since the uprising against Mr Al Assad began in March 2011:

 

-April 29, 2013: A bomb attached to a parked car detonates as prime minister Wael Al Halqi's car drives by in the Damascus neighbourhood of Mazzeh. Syrian state media reported the prime minister was not injured.

 

-March 21, 2013: A suicide bomber blows himself up in a mosque in central Damascus, killing Sheikh Mohammad Said Ramadan Al Buti, a leading Sunni Muslim preacher and outspoken supporter of Mr Al Assad, and 41 others.

 

-Dec. 12, 2012: A car bomb targets the interior ministry in Damascus, wounding interior minister Mohammed Al Shaar.

 

-July 18, 2012: A blast at the Syrian national security building in Damascus during a high-level government crisis meeting kills four top regime officials, including Mr Asl Assad's brother-in-law and the defence minister.