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Syria minister unscathed in car bomb attack

Blast fits pattern of attempts on officials’ lives

BEIRUT — In the latest reported attack on a high-ranking Syrian official, Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi survived what appeared to be an assassination attempt Monday in an upscale neighborhood of Damascus when a car bomb exploded near his convoy, according to state-run media and opposition reports.

The attack took place in Mezze, a central district of the capital where many senior officials live.

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