Syrian interior minister in Beirut for treatment

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According to the al-Nusra front the attack started when two suicide bombers detonated their explosive belts inside the building, triggering clashes. Two car bombs exploded shortly afterwards.

One car was positioned in front of the office of the minister, Mohammed Ibrahim al-Shaar, who sustained a light shoulder wound when his office ceiling collapsed, a security source told AFP.

“He was taken to hospital but his condition gives no cause for concern and he should be discharged rapidly” he explained.

The source went on to add that the attack was made possible by a “betrayal” in the security services of the ministry.

“It is impossible for a car to approach the entrance to the Ministry if it is not an official vehicle,” he said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said nine people were killed in the attack, including a parliamentarian and eight members of the security forces, while 20 others were wounded.

The state news agency SANA reported five fatalities and 23 wounded.

Al-Shaar narrowly escaped death in a spectacular July 18 bombing that claimed the lives of four other top security officials, including the defense minister and the brother-in-law of President Bashar al-Assad

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