Syria: 42 killed in Damascus mosque bombing

BEIRUT: Syrian state TV says 42 people have been killed and 84 wounded in a suicide bomb attack inside a mosque in Damascusthat also killed a top Sunni Muslim preacher and long time supporter of President Bashar Assad.

Thursday’s death of Sheik Mohammad Said Ramadan al-Butiremoves one of the few remaining pillars of support of the Alawite leader among the majority sect that has risen up against him.

Syrian TV says among those killed were al-Buti’s grandson. It did not elaborate.