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    Syrian TV: Suicide Bombing at Mosque Kills 42, Including Top Cleric

    Eman Mosque is seen destroyed after a suicide bomber blew himself upin Damascus, Syria,  March 21, 2013 (SANA photo)
    Eman Mosque is seen destroyed after a suicide bomber blew himself upin Damascus, Syria, March 21, 2013 (SANA photo)
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    Syrian media say a suicide bomber has killed at least 42 people in an ancient Damascus mosque, including leading pro-government cleric Mohammed al-Buti.

    The media reports say more than 80 other people have been wounded. No one has claimed responsibility for Thursday's blast. But opposition chief Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib tells the French News Agency that killing al-Buti is a crime he completely rejects.

    Al-Buti was a longtime supporter of the Assad family and a fierce critic of rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

    FILE-Syrian cleric Mohammed al-Buti speaking at a mosque.FILE-Syrian cleric Mohammed al-Buti speaking at a mosque.
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    FILE-Syrian cleric Mohammed al-Buti speaking at a mosque.
    FILE-Syrian cleric Mohammed al-Buti speaking at a mosque.
    Earlier Thursday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ordered an investigation into the Syrian government's allegations that rebels used chemical weapons in a rocket attack. Mr. Ban called on all parties in Syria to grant full access and cooperation to the investigators.

    "There is much work to do and this will not happen overnight.  It is obviously a difficult mission.  I intend for this investigation to start as soon as practically possible.  Again, my announcement should serve as an unequivocal reminder that the use of chemical weapons is a crime against humanity," Ban said.

    Rebels and the Syrian government accuse each other of using chemical weapons during an attack on a town near Allepo Tuesday.

    U.S. President Barack Obama said he is "deeply skeptical" of the claim that rebels used chemical weapons. He said Washington will carry out its own investigation.

    Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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    by: JKF from: Ottawa, Canada
    March 22, 2013 9:05 AM
    Any attacks on places of worship are henious and criminal, the World needs to fully condem such attacks. Unfortunately, in Syria nothing seems to be untouched, Mosques, Churches, Hospitals, schools, civilian housing, all is being systematically destroyed. all of Syria is being turned into rubble, 70,000+ mostly civilians are dead, this is a terrible civil war.

    by: MUSTAFA from: PAKISTAN
    March 22, 2013 6:53 AM
    Who is responsible for this killing and destruction of holy place.? In which religion this is permissible to kill innocent peoples and destroy religious place in the name of "to change the regime? Saudi Arabia, Qatat Turkey and MAIN SPONSORS for their cruel acts be ready to give these answers in front of God.
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    by: Anonymous
    March 22, 2013 9:53 AM
    There is some more other important questions, who is responsible for killing and destruction all over Syria? Schools, Hospitals, Clinics and food sources? Bashar al Assad is responsible.

    by: faiyz kamal from: london
    March 22, 2013 5:37 AM
    the Muslim brotherhood gangs considers everyone supports Syrian government as infidels and must be killed . Why other religions like Christianity, Buddhism don’t call to kill their opposed ?? Why radical Islam do this?? Who give them the right to decide if Bashar Alassad and his aliens are infidels or good worshipers?? Who can believe that God ordered radical Muslim to kill alawite Christians and moderate Muslims in Syria??

    by: Mustafa from: Pakistan
    March 21, 2013 10:31 PM
    Who is responsible for this crime? My answer is all supporters of terrorism in SYRIA. That is Saudi arabia, Qatar, Turkey,Usa and European Union who wants to change regime to Puppet Govt like Saudi Arabia.

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