At least 42 people have been killed in an explosion at a Mosque in Damascus and 84 wounded the Syrian health ministry has said. The dead includes senior pro-government Muslim cleric Mohammed al-Buti. He once described the opposition to President Bashar al-Assad as, “scum”.
The blast happened on the day the UN agreed to launch a probe into alleged chemical weapons attacks.
“I would like to announce that I have decided to conduct a United Nations investigation on the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria. My senior advisors are working on the modalities in close consultation with the relevant bodies,” explained UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Rebel fighters and the Syrian government have been involved in tit for tat accusations over the use of chemical weapons. The Syrian UN Ambassador had asked Ban to launch the probe. Washington London and Paris had also called for an investigation.
Syrian TV called Thursday’s explosion at the Mosque a “terrorist suicide blast”.