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Syria’s president vows revenge for bomb death of cleric

BEIRUT — President Bashar Assad of Syria vowed Friday to avenge the death of a senior pro-government cleric who was killed along with dozens of other people in a suicide bombing at a Damascus mosque, saying he would “purge our country” of the militants behind the attack in the heart of the capital.

Both Assad and the rebels seeking to topple him blamed each other for Thursday’s bombing at the mosque. At least 49 people were killed, including the 84-year-old preacher and his grandson, the government said, in one of the most brazen assassinations of the Syrian civil war.

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