The explosion on the outskirts of the town of Sweida killed Sheikh Wahid al-Balous, who opposed both the Syrian government and Islamist insurgents fighting against it. File photo
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DAMASCUS – A Druze leader was killed in a car bomb attack in the southern Syrian city of As-Suwayda, local sources reported on Friday.
Sheikh Wahid al-Balous was killed along with three other civilians in the explosion of a bombed car in the suburb of As-Suwayda.
Al-Balous was known for his opposition to both the Syrian regime and Islamist groups –that have been in conflict across Syria for more than four years.
Also on Friday, another blast hit As-Suwayda killing at least eight civilians and wounding dozens from the Druze community.
Syrian state media blamed both explosions on Islamist insurgents.
None of the armed forces claimed responsibility for As-Suwayda’s attacks.
Speaking to ARA News, Druze activist Izzat Salloum said the attacks were aimed at hitting the Druze minority in southern Syria “by killing a prominent leader like Sheikh Wahid al-Balous”.
“We are aware that Assad regime has been trying to ignite the flames of sedition among the Syrian communities, while claiming to protect minority groups. Whoever is behind these attacks aims to stimulate a sectarian conflict in southern Syria,” he said.
Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi
Source: ARA News