Disgruntled Alawite group claims responsibility for assassination of Alaa Makhlouf, personal bodyguard to Asmaa Assad

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Alaa Makhlouf (Facebook)

Alaa Makhlouf (Facebook)

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A car bomb in Damascus has killed Alaa Makhlouf, bodyguard of Asma Assad, wife of President Bashar al-Assad, loyalist Facebook pages reported.

Makhlouf’s friends posted details of his death on his Facebook account, with some comments stating he was killed on the Damascus-Suweida highway near Shabaa on Saturday, June 4. Users claimed the bodyguard was shot before the bomb exploded inside his car.

Facebook users said Makhlouf was well known in the humanitarian field and worked closely with the First Lady’s team, following the work of all the national groups.

The anti-regime Free Alawites Movement issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack.

This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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