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Intelligence officer killed in Damascus blast

News websites affiliated with al-Assad regime, based in Lattakia, Homs, Tartus and Damascus, reported the death of Colonel Munther Salah Haider

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News websites affiliated with al-Assad regime, based in Lattakia, Homs, Tartus and Damascus, reported the death of Colonel Munther Salah Haider, an officer in the military intelligence, who was killed in the bombing that hit the Kafr Sousa municipality in the Syrian capital, Damascus, on Thursday.

Sources close to the Syrian regime affirmed that the suicide bombing targeted the famous security and intelligence center, Kafr Soussa, which includes the headquarters of several security, intelligence and police agencies. The attack resulted in the death of several military personnel including Colonel Haider and national defense officer Haytham Ismail, famed for taking a picture with President Bashar al-Assad, and also appearing in a short video with the President during his visit to eastern Ghouta in Damascus. Ismail had asserted that meeting the al-Assad had given him great moral support.

Colonel Haider was a resident of the Oued Ed Dahab valley in the Syrian province of Homs. It is still unknown whether the blast targeted him personally, due to his rank in the intelligence wing of al-Assad. However, no party has claimed responsibility for the bombing that resulted in the death of 8 to 11 people.

Social media pages loyal to the Assad regime, paid tribute to the dead Colonel, noting that he has been promoted posthumously to Brigadier.