Blast in the NSHQ in Damascus

Crazy! Dep. Def. Min. Assef Shawkat (Bushra’s husband), Def. Min. Daoud Rajiha, Int. Min. Ibrahim al-Shaar, Gen. Hasan Turkmani, all of them have been killed by a blast in the National Security building (close to the presidential palace) where they were meeting. Head of National Security Hisham Bekhtyar is wounded [and there are rumours about Hafez Makhlouf, Nassif Kheirbek and Rustum Ghazaleh]. What happened exactly isn’t clear, but this is a massive and unreal hit blow the regime. There have also been explosions close to Maher’s 4th Division HQ.

Syria blast strikes at heart of Assad’s rule
http://www.aljazeera…9355415804.html

There are rumours that Bashar himself was wounded and headed to Latakia, which seems to be wishful thinking again; considering everything that has already happened, anything is possible though.

[Edit: it’s no longer a rumour, but a claim:]

A Presidential plane took off from Damascus airport heading to Lattakia: activist [Ammar] al-Qurabi

http://twitter.com/A…640460213960704

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