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Free Syrian Army Says Assad’s Brother Injured, Al Arab Reports

July 19, 2012

Maher al-Assad, the younger brother of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, was injured in the Damascus explosion that killed key officials yesterday, Al Arab reported, citing the head of the Supreme Council of the Free Syrian Army.

Brigadier General Mustafa al-Sheikh said he had prior information about the bomb attack that took place a day earlier than scheduled because of some unexpected circumstances which he did not explain, the Doha, Qatar-based newspaper reported.

The explosion, the most serious attack on officials since the uprising started in March 2011, killed Assad’s brother-in- law, his defense minister and the vice president’s military adviser at Syria’s national security headquarters.

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