Assef Shawkat Dead: Assad's Brother-In-Law, Senior Military Official Killed In Bomb Attack

BEIRUT, July 18 (Reuters) - Syrian state television said President Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law and senior military official Assef Shawkat was killed in a bomb attack in Damascus on Wednesday, confirming earlier reports by security sources.

In a newsflash it announced the "martyrdom of deputy defence minister General Assef Shawkat in the terrorist bombing which targeted the National Security building in Damascus". (Editing by Jon Boyle)

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