Sheikh Mohammed al-Buti
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Pro-Assad Syria cleric among mosque bomb dead

One of the most prominent Sunni supporters of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has been killed in a blast at a mosque in the capital, Damascus.

At least 41 other people were killed alongside Sheikh Mohammed al-Buti at the Iman mosque, said the Sana news agency, calling it "a terrorist" blast.

The loss will be a huge psychological blow to the Assad government. Jim Muir reports from Beirut.

  • 22 Mar 2013