Syria car bombs kill 26, including anti-regime Druze cleric: monitor

A Syrian soldier looks out from his position in the southern city of Sweida on January 23, 2013A prominent Druze cleric known for criticising Syria’s regime and Islamists was assassinated in a car bomb attack that killed 25 others and sparked riots outside the city of Sweida on Friday, a monitor said. “Sheikh Wahid al-Balous was killed in a car bomb attack as he was driving on the outskirts of Sweida city,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Abdel Rahman said a second car bomb struck near the hospital in the Dahr al-Jabal neighbourhood where the wounded were being taken.

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