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Four army, law-enforcement personnel killed by armed groups in Syria

10-11-2011 18:53 BJT

DAMASCUS, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- Two army soldiers and two law- enforcement agents were killed Monday by alleged armed terrorist groups in central and northern Syria, Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported Tuesday.

The two soldiers were killed in an ambush in the central province of Homs, while the two law-enforcement agents were killed in the northern province of Idlib in a drive-by shooting, which also wounded five others, SANA said.

Homs, Syria's third largest city, has witnessed increasing violent incidents since it spearheaded the rallies against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that erupted on March 15.

SANA said a large number of gunmen were roaming the streets of the Talbiseh town in Homs, preventing students and teachers from heading to schools.

According to private Al-Watan newspaper, however, relative calm has been restored to the restive city of Homs and army units are still chasing terrorists that have targeted residents and shops.

In another province, Hama, 10 unidentified gunmen stormed the municipal building in the al-Jalmeh village, abducted the mayor, Mamdouh Rislan Arab, and took him to an unknown destination at gunpoint, SANA said.

Also in Hama, an armed group kidnapped a man called Riyad Ramadan when he was in the pharmacy of his wife and demanded a huge ransom from his family, according to the Syrian Human Rights Network (SHRN), which called on the international community and human rights organizations to immediately interfere to release the man.

In a related development, Sheikh Nawaf al-Basheer, a prominent opposition figure who reportedly had been arrested and killed by security agents, appeared late Monday on Syria's state-run TV to counter the claims.

Al-Basheer called Syrian people to give a chance for the reforms to be implemented and stand united with their leader "to confront and foil the foreign agendas and plots."




Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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