Suicide bomber kills at least 14 in Damascus mosque

Leading Sunni Muslim preacher among the dead, more than 40 wounded in attack

Smoke rises from buildings due to heavy shelling in Maadamiyeh, south of Damascus, Syria, on Thursday March 14, 2013. (photo credit: AP/Shaam News Network)
Smoke rises from buildings due to heavy shelling in Maadamiyeh, south of Damascus, Syria, on Thursday March 14, 2013. (photo credit: AP/Shaam News Network)

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian TV says at least 14 people have been killed and more than 40 wounded in a suicide bomb attack inside a mosque in Damascus that also killed a top Sunni Muslim preacher and longtime supporter of President Bashar Assad.

Thursday’s death of Sheikh Mohammad Said Ramadan al-Buti removes one of the few remaining pillars of support of the Alawite leader among the minority sect that has risen up against him.

The explosion occurred at a time the Eman Mosque in central Damascus would have been packed with worshipers for evening prayers.

TV footage showed wounded people and bodies with severed limbs on the blood-stained floor of the mosque.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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