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State-run Syrian TV says the country’s prime minister escaped an assassination attempt when a bomb went off near his convoy. The TV says Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi was unhurt in the attack in the capital’s western neighborhood of Mazzeh.

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Syrian prime minister escapes bombing in Damascus

Syria’s prime minister narrowly escaped an assassination attempt in the heart of the heavily defended capital Monday, state media said, laying bare the vulnerability of President Bashar Assad’s regime.

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