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Terror chief with EUR25m price on his head killed.

ONE of the world's most-wanted terrorists has been killed in a car bomb in the Syrian capital Damascus.

Imad Mughniyeh, who had a US bounty of EUR25m (pounds 13m) on his head, is suspected in the killings of hundreds of Americans as well as a series of attacks against US, Israeli and Jewish targets.

Mughniyeh, a top figure in the Iranianand Syrian-backed Shiite Hezbollah militant group, was one of the most notorious terror figures of the 1980s and 1990s but had virtually vanished for the past 15 years. He was implicated in 1983 bombings of the US Embassy and Marine barracks in Beirut that killed more than 300 people, the 1985 hijacking of TWA flight in which an American Navy diver was killed and the kidnappings of numerous Americans in Lebanon.

Hezbollah blamed Israel for his death but Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's office said it "rejects the attempt by terror groups to attribute to it any involvement in this incident".

The blast could dramatically heighten tensions between Israel and the Shiite militant group, as well as its Iranian and Syrian backers.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 14, 2008
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