Daraa (Syria): The head of a UN observer mission to Syria, Major General Robert Mood, escaped unharmed when a blast went off as his convoy entered a restive southern town on Wednesday.

The explosion in Daraa wounded six Syrian soldiers, including an officer, who were escorting the UN convoy, while 12 other monitors travelling with the Norwegian general were uninjured in the attack, said an photographer.

The spokesman for the UN mission, Neeraj Singh, was also in the convoy, he said, adding that he too was unhurt.

The blast, caused by an explosive device planted in the ground, went off after four UN vehicles passed the entrance to Daraa safely, the photographer said.

The flashpoint town of Daraa is considered the cradle of an uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad that began 14 months ago.

About 50 UN observers are currently in Syria to monitor a shaky UN-backed truce that went into effect April 12, as part of a six-point peace deal drawn up by UN and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan.


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