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Syrian Muslim Leader for Damascus Killed in Bomb Attack

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Adnan al-Afiyuni, a prominent Muslim cleric for the Syrian capital Damascus was killed in a bomb attack on Thursday, state media reported.

The 66-year-old Sunni Muslim mufti was killed as a result of a bomb planted in his car which went off outside Damascus, state news agency SANA confirmed.

Afiyuni was known to be close to Bashar al-Assad, the president of the Syrian regime, and he played a key role in reaching reconciliation agreements with the rebel groups on the outskirts of Damascus during the nine-year civil war.

SANA cited a statement by the endowments ministry as explaining that the Muslim leader died "as the result of an explosive device planted in his car" in Qudsaya town of Damascus province.
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