Syria Defense Minister Dead: State Vows To Punish Those Responsible

07/18/2012 08:00 am 08:00:00 | Updated Sep 17, 2012

BEIRUT, July 18 (Reuters) - Syria vowed on Wednesday to punish those responsible for a bomb attack which killed the defence minister and President Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law, saying it would "chop any hand that harms national security".

"The armed forces are determined to terminate the killing gangs and criminals and pursue them wherever they go," a military statement read out on state television said. "Whoever thinks that by targeting some commanders they can twist Syria's arm, is delusional". (Writing by Dominic Evans, Editing by Diana Abdallah)

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