The Syrian intelligence foiled a terrorist attack during a special operation in the southern part of the city of Damascus on January 20.
The Syrian Arab News Agency (SAA) said that intelligence agents detonated an improvised explosive device (IED), which had been planted on a key road in southern Damascus. The terrorist who planted the IED was apprehended immediately. The available information indicate that he was under surveillance from the beginning.
Syrian opposition activists tried to exploit this operation and claimed that a terrorist attack had targeted Branch 235 of the Military Intelligence Directorate. However, these claims were denounced by multiple sources.
The failed terrorist attack coincided with an attempt by the Israeli Air Force (IAF) to target positions in the Damascus international airport. The Ministry of Defense of Russia said that the Israeli aerial attack was repelled by the Syrian Arab Air Defense Forces (SyAADF).