Damascus: Aziz Asber, the head of the Scientific Research Centre in Syria’s central province of Hama, has been assassinated, according to activists and pro-government reports.

Asber was killed when an explosion targeted his vehicle in Masyaf in the western countryside of Hama late on Saturday, killing him and his driver, Xinhua said.

The Britain-based watchdog group said the man had close ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iran. The Scientific Research Centre in Masyaf has been targeted by the Israelis several times and most recently was in last month, giving rise to reported suspect that Israel is behind killing of Asber.

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