Syria intelligence chief dies after bombing: Manar TV

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Posted: Jul 20, 2012 5:03 AM
Syria intelligence chief dies after bombing: Manar TV

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's intelligence chief Hisham Bekhtyar has died of wounds suffered in a bombing on Wednesday which killed three other senior security officials in President Bashar al-Assad's inner circle, State television said on Friday.

Bekhtyar, head of National Security intelligence agency, died on Friday morning, the channel added.

His death was announced as Syria held funeral ceremonies for three other security officials killed in Wednesday's bomb attack - Assad's brother-in-law, his defense minister and a veteran army general.

(Editing by Andrew Heavens)