From left, Daoud Rajha, Syria’s defense minister; Asef Shawkat, President Bashar al-Assad’s brother-in-law; and Hassan Turkmani, assistant vice president, were killed on Wednesday in a suicide bombing in Damascus. The interior minister, Mohamed Ibrahim al-Sha’ar(R), was injured. — Photo by Reuters
From left, Daoud Rajha, Syria’s defense minister; Asef Shawkat, President Bashar al-Assad’s brother-in-law; and Hassan Turkmani, assistant vice president, were killed on Wednesday in a suicide bombing in Damascus. The interior minister, Mohamed Ibrahim al-Sha’ar(R), was injured. — Photo by Reuters

DUBAI: Syrian authorities have arrested a person said to have carried out a bomb attack last week that killed three senior security officials, an Iranian news agency reported on Tuesday.

The suspect worked at the security headquarters in Damascus where the bombing took place, Fars news agency quoted Syrian parliament member Mohammad Zahir Ghanoum as saying.

The attack killed the defence minister, a general and the brother-in-law of President Bashar al-Assad, the most significant strike against the country's leadership as it struggles to suppress an armed rebellion.

“The agent who committed the explosion against the Syria Supreme National Security Council building was arrested,” Ghanoum said.

“The arrested individual is a staff member of that same building but I cannot give further details. Probably in the near future this person's confession will be broadcast.”

A security source told Reuters last week the bomber was a bodyguard entrusted with protecting the closest members of Assad's circle.

Syrian state television said a suicide bomber was responsible.

Ghanoum said the person responsible had been hired by Syria's enemies but the Assad government would not allow the United States, Israel, Turkey or Qatar to weaken Syria's security.

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