Damascus: A Syrian boxing champion, Ghiath Tayfour, was shot dead on Sunday in the northern city of Aleppo,
which has been largely spared the unrest sweeping the country,
the state news agency SANA reported.
An armed "terrorist group... targeted boxer Tayfour while
he was passing near the courtyard of Aleppo University in his
car," it said.
"They opened fire on him and he was immediately martyred
as five bullets entered his head."
Tayfour was national boxing champion from 1984 to 1998,
Syrian authorities have blamed the year-long protests and
bloodshed in the country, which monitors say has cost more
than 8,500 lives in a regime crackdown, on armed,