Syrian rebels target security officials in Damascus
Damascus -- Rebels seeking to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad killed three regime officers in separate attacks Tuesday around Damascus, activists and state media said, the latest violence targeting the security forces used by the government to quash dissent.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said one intelligence officer was shot dead in the northeastern Barzeh neighborhood of the capital Damascus. Also Tuesday, the state news service said “terrorists” shot to death a retired lieutenant colonel and his brother, a chief warrant officer, in an area southwest of the capital.
A bomb hidden in an army truck also exploded in the capital, wounding several people. Explosives that were planted in an army truck blew up as the vehicle traveled through downtown. The blast in Marjah Square near the Iranian Cultural Center blew out the truck’s windows, leaving a hole in its roof and blood and shattered glass on the road. The truck’s driver and two passengers in a nearby car were injured and taken to a hospital.
The state news service said an “armed terrorist group” had sabotaged the car by planting explosives under the driver’s side.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks.
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