BEIRUT: Four members of the Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, took part in plotting and carrying out the 2012 assassination attempt on Interior Minister Mohammad Shaar, according to state news agency SANA.
It said that two Iraqi brothers, Wissam and Ibrahim Abbas, received orders directly from Abu Mohammad Golani, the shadowy leader of the Nusra Front, to coordinate the attack, which killed 10 people.
The report said the Abbas brothers worked closely with Syrians Ziad Saghir and Hashem Assaf – the latter worked as a low-level employee at the ministry’s reception and information department and was “brainwashed,” SANA said.
The confessions of four Syrian alleged accessories to the crime were broadcast on TV, detailing parts of the plot, which saw three car bombs and a daytime assault on the ministry by three other attackers, none of who survived. A member of Parliament, Abdullah Qwaider, three policemen, five guards and a civilian were killed.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 02, 2014, on page 8.