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Senior mufti in Syria assassinated by car bomb: State media

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The Mufti of Damascus, one of the most senior Muslim leaders in Syria, was assassinated Thursday after a bomb was strapped to his car, state media reported.

“Sheikh Mohammad al-Afiouni, Mufti of Damascus and its outskirts, was martyred after a terrorist bombing targeted his car... in Damascus’ Qudsaya town,” the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.

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SANA said that his vehicle was planted with a bomb. No other details were provided.

Sheikh al-Afiouni had been seen leading prayers with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on multiple occasions.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said he played a key role in reaching reconciliation deals with rebel fighters on the capital's outskirts during the country's nine-year war.

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- With AFP