Iran colonel killed in Syria bomb blast

TEHRAN (AFP): A colonel in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards has been killed by an improvised bomb outside the Syrian capital Damascus, Iranian media reported Wednesday, pointing the finger at Israel.

“Colonel Davoud Jafari, one of Iran’s military advisers in Syria and a member of the Guards’ aerospace arm, was killed with a makeshift bomb planted by the roadside near Damascus (on Monday) by associates of the Zionist (Israeli) regime,” the Tasnim news agency reported, citing a statement from the Guards.