Syrian nuclear scientist killed by attackers

Syria for some six months has been in the throes of a peoples` uprising in which the UN says some 2,700 people have been killed by an army crackdown.

Nicosia: Unidentified attackers killed a
nuclear engineer on Wednesday in the Syrian city of Homs, 160
kilometres north of Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights said.

"Nuclear engineer Aws Abdel Karim Khalil was killed this
morning by unknown attackers," the Britain-based rights group
said in a statement.

Yesterday, in the same city, unidentified attackers killed
Mohamed Ali Aqil, deputy rector the architecture faculty at
al-Baath University, and Nael Dakhil, director of the military
petrochemical school.

Rights activists in the city accuse Syrian authorities of
carrying out the killings.

Rights activists, who set up an alliance under the name
Al-Ghad on September 18, accuse the authorities of having
"killed scientific personalities in Homs, trying to repeat the
scenario of assassinations" perpetrated in Syria in the 1980s.

Syria for some six months has been in the throes of a
peoples` uprising in which the UN says some 2,700 people have
been killed by an army crackdown. The authorities in Damascus
accuse the West and "armed gangs" of trying to sow chaos in
the country.

On Monday, security forces killed nine civilians during a
sweep against militants in the northwest, south and centre of
the country, activists said.

PTI

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