An Al-Nusra Front chief who is suspected of masterminding the assassination of prominent Sheikh Mohammed Said al-Buti has been arrested in the Syrian capital, a security source says.
“Al-Nusra Front’s emir for the Damascus region and two of his deputies were arrested two months ago,” the Damascus-based source told AFP on Tuesday on condition of anonymity.
“They were behind the March 22 assassination of Buti and 41 others in a mosque in the capital,” the source said.
The sheikh was killed in March when a suicide bomber attacked a mosque in the upmarket Mezzeh District of Damascus, the state news agency reported.
A widely circulated video of the attack, which wounded at least 84 people, shows the sheikh sitting at his desk in the mosque giving a religious lesson when the explosion occurs.
Prime Minister Wael Halqi Monday told Lebanes
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