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Saudi spy chief Prince Bandar assassinated: report

c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_saudi1(1).jpgUnconfirmed reports say Saudi Arabian spy chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has been assassinated.

The death of 63-year-old Prince Bandar has been confirmed, the Paris-based Voltaire Network reported on its website on Monday, citing unofficial sources.

The international non-profit organization, which publishes a free website (voltairenet.org) in eight languages (Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish), said that Prince Bandar was killed because of his role in the July 18 deadly bombing in Damascus.

The bombing killed at least four high-profile Syrian security officials, including Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha and his deputy Assef Shawkat who is also President Assad’s brother-in-law.

There’s no confirmation or denial yet from Saudi officials, nor from the Syrian government.

Bandar, who served Saudi Arabia as an ambassador to the United States from 1983 to 2005, was named the kingdom’s Secretary General of the National Security Council in 2005. On 19 July 2012, he was appointed Director General of the Saudi Intelligence Agency by King Abdullah.

Many analysts said his promotion was a reward for the role he played in organizing the attack in Damascus.

Saudi Arabia has been at the forefront of anti-Syria plots in recent months.  And, the latest report is a new indication of escalating hostility between Damascus and Riyadh.

(Source: Press TV) TEHRAN TIMES

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