Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi assassination attempt failed Monday, bomb killed one person

(CNN) -- A bomb apparently targeting Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi went off Monday in a Damascus neighborhood -- but the prime minister was unharmed.

Both Syrian state television and the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the incident.

One person was killed in the attack, the observatory said.

Mezzah in southwest Damascus is a strategically important because it is located along the Mezzah highway that connects to a major Syrian air force base and is near Mount Mezzeh, where the presidential palace is located.

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