Syria’s main opposition camp on said Saturday it condemned “terrorism” after the Syrian government demanded all delegations at Geneva peace talks reject terrorist acts or be branded accomplices. Bashar al-Ja’afari, Syria’s ambassador to the U.N., says the Saturday attacks were a message to the talks in an attempt to derail them. He called them “act of political terrorism.” The attacks were claimed by al-Qaida -linked coalition in Syria.
“We urge UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura to address all the platforms [of the opposition], participating in the Geneva talks, to condemn the attack in Homs,” Jaafari told reporters.
“If anyone refuses to condemn this terrorist attack then he is an accomplice of terrorism and we will deal with them accordingly.”“The terrorist attack that took place today in Homs was not only a military attack but also a political one,” he said.
Six suicide bombers believed to have been wearing bomb vests infiltrated two intelligence headquarters in Homs city in central Syria on Saturday, three into the military intelligence headquarters, and another three into the state intelligence center in that city. Syria’s Al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front claimed the spectacular assault which targeted and killed General Hassan Daabul, a close confidant of President Bashar al-Assad.
“We condemn all terrorist acts [carried out] by all terrorist groups. If the Homs operation was done by any of those, it is clear what I say,” Nasr al-Hariri, the leader of Syria’s main opposition group, the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), told journalists.