Seven gov't troops killed by armed attack near Syrian capital
At least seven law-enforcement members were killed Sunday night when an armed group opened fire at the forces' checkpoint in a suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus, private Sham FM radio reported.
The attack took place in the Yabrud suburb of Damascus, said the report without further details.
Meanwhile, state-run SANA news agency said Sunday that more than 40 armed men surrendered themselves to the authorities along with their weapons at the restive Baba Amr neighborhood in central Homs province, Xinhua reported.
In northern Idlib province, another hub of armed clashes, engineering units dismantled six explosive devices weighing between 40 kg and 50 kg and rigged for remote-controlled detonation near the town of Oweid in Jabal al-Zawye area.
Another six explosive devices were dismantled in the town of Kansafra in Idlib, said SANA, adding that the devices were hidden in bathroom boilers.
The provinces of Homs and Idlib have been the main hotbeds of armed insurgency against the rule of Syrian President Bashar al- Assad.
The Syrian government has blamed the unrest in Syria on plots by terrorists and foreign-backed armed gangs, and said more than 2, 000 army and security personnel were killed during the past months, while the opposition accuses the government of attacking protesters.
The United Nation put the death toll in the Syrian unrest at around 6,000.