Syrian security officer `killed in Banias ambush`

An army unit between Latakia and Tartus was ambushed, killing an officer.

Updated: Apr 11, 2011, 11:14 AM IST

Damascus: A Syrian security officer was
killed and another was wounded on Monday when their patrol was
ambushed in the coastal town of Banias, the official SANA news
agency reported.

"At 4:00 pm, an army unit between Latakia and Tartus
was ambushed by an armed group by the roadside in trees and
buildings," the agency quoted an official as saying.

"One officer was killed and another critically
wounded, and several soldiers were also wounded. The armed
forces are hunting down the elements of this armed group to
arrest them and bring them to justice."

The SANA report came after witnesses told AFP that at
least four people were killed when security forces opened fire
on them for "about two hours" in a neighbourhood of the
northwestern town.

Bureau Report