Bomb rocks Syria state TV headquarters

2012-08-06 10:07

Damascus - A bomb blast rocked the headquarters of Syrian state television in the heart of Damascus on Monday wounding several people, Information Minister Omran al-Zoabi said.

"It is clear that the blast was caused by an explosive device," Zoabi said. "Several of our colleagues were injured, but there were no serious injuries, and no dead."

The broadcaster said that the blast hit the third floor of its headquarters. It remained on the air despite the bombing.

The television building lies in the Omayyad district of Damascus, a highly guarded area surrounded by multiple security barriers.

The bombing was not the first attack on the pro-government media in Syria.

On 27 June, gunmen armed with explosives attacked the offices outside Damascus of the Al-Ikhbariya satellite channel outside Damascus killing three journalists and four security guards.

On 18 July, four top security officials - including President Bashar Assad's brother-in-law - were killed in a bombing claimed by the rebel Free Syrian Army that rocked the heart of the regime.

A subsequent investigation found that a technician in the office of Hisham Ikhtiar, head of the National Security agency, had planted explosives in the room where the crisis cell meeting was held.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-06 10:12

    Terrorists, doing what terrorist do all over the world. They have learned a lot from the Nato terrorists who bombed Iraqi, Libyan and Yugoslavia's national broadcasters.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-06 12:36

      Down with the dictators.

      solethu.matrose - 2012-08-06 16:51

      coward they were hoping for no fly-zone from the mobsters

  • allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-08-06 10:28

    Assad's meglomania like the tyrant Gaddaffi has simply blinded him to the possibility of him losing power , this is another symbolic strike at a top target behind security lines .

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-06 10:31

    Lets hope, that the next time they bomb this terrorist TV station, it will be blown off the air for good!! Maybe theses brave people need some expert help !!

  • dominic.goller.9 - 2012-08-06 10:54

    so news24, where is the story on the attack on egyptain/ israeli troops by islamic jihad from sanai and gaza. you put it up last night but pulled the story after a few minutes?,7340,L-4264947,00.html

  • sibongile.makopi - 2012-08-06 11:06

    Fidel, when people take up arms against their own government we ask why. Once we did that and were called terrorists, it was said we are doing it as a proxy of the Soviet Union and other socialits countries, now all of a sudden we call people taking up arms against their governments terrorists and satellites and proxies of Nato. This makes the English saying that "the more things, the more they remain the same" very apt. Supposedly there is nothing called justice and truth, it depends on where you stand and on which side your frieds are in a conflict. Should'nt we leave it to the Syrian people to decide whether those taking up arms against their own government are justified? Should we listen to views of the government of the day in Syria? Is there nothing called legitimacy of government and who should decided that and by what processes?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-06 11:45

      I supported the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt because they were spontaneous and local, and not so in Libya and now Syria, where the so called leadership of these groups is in the employ of foreign agencies, based in foreign capitals. The history of South America and parts of Africa is full of US belligerence in destabilising countries that do not stick with its dictas by means of using contras, dressed up as revolutionaries. Both Libya and Syria are the perfect examples of this. "We hope Iraq will be the first domino and that Libya and Iran will follow. We don't like being kept out of markets because it gives our competitors an unfair advantage," John Gibson, chief executive of Halliburton's Energy Service Group, International Oil Daily 7th May of 2003 (less than 7 weeks after the invasion of Iraq)

  • shane.loxton - 2012-08-06 11:24

    Cant wait to see how fast the USA is going to react to Syria now that Russia is making tacktical moves in the area, and with the latest info that Russia has in fact TNM's in Cuba. "With the full consent of the Cuban leadership, on May 11 of this year, our country has not only resumed work in the electronic center of Lourdes, but also placed the latest mobile strategic nuclear missiles "Oak" on the island. They (America) did not want to do it the amicable way, now let them deal with this," Putin said.01.08.2012

  • sibongile.makopi - 2012-08-06 12:42

    It is not our duty to decide which revolution is right and which is not right, that might just border on arrogance (we should never project ourselves as standard bearers of what is right and for whom). Democracy by its nature demands that people in their entirety should shape their own destinies. In all the revolutions you mention, there will have been some form of assistance from one or the other party, we called it internationalist revolutionary solidarity. I repeate my point that the final arbiters of the destiny of Syria should be the Syrian people themselves and not some distant commentators like us. Ours struggle was informed by the need to do away with injustice which we should never apologise for, so should the people of Syria. If and when they sense that they are being subjected to injustice, they should never hestitate to take actions to correct that.

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-06 13:47

      Well said

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-06 13:58

      You give commentors too much credit. We have no power to decide what happens in Syria. Or would you rather people stopped commenting on news threads. Unfortunately, the Syrian issue is not as simple as you make it out to be. There are powerful players engaged in geo-political chess to achieve certain interests which are irrelevant to ordinary Syrians. That is Real Politik!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-06 16:53

      I agree with much of what you say, Sibongile. However, I do believe it is our duty as human beings to decide which revolutions are right. The one in Syria is so obviously right. An unelected dictator, who's father handed the reigns of power to him, is in control of the Syrian state and its military, and is using these resources to destroy anyone who wants to vote in free and fair elections. He is literally slaughtering Syrians and their families in their homes. To not see this, and to not decide it is wrong is in my opinion unconscionable, reflecting confusion, weak character, or delusion.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-06 16:48

    "I announce my defection today from the regime of killing and terror, and I join the ranks of the revolt," Prime Minister Hijab said in statement read by his spokesperson Mohammed al-Otri on Al-Jazeera news channel from Amman. "Syria is passing through the most difficult war crimes, genocide, and barbaric killings and massacres against unarmed citizens," he said.

  • solethu.matrose - 2012-08-06 16:50

    NWO in progress england was spreding civilasation america is spreding democracy I wonder what israel will spread

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