Syrian TV airs "confessions" of Islamic militants in Damascus car bombing

Other News Materials 7 November 2008 01:34 (UTC +04:00)

Syrian state TV has aired purported "confessions" of suspected Islamic militants claiming they had carried out a Damascus car bombing in September that killed 17 people, the Associated Press reported.

Ten men and one woman, said to be members of the al-Qaida-inspired Fatah Islam group, were shown on TV late Thursday, making statements.

One of the men in the broadcast said the fugitive Fatah Islam leader Shaker al-Absi had made his way into Syria from Lebanon but hasn't been heard of since July.

It wasn't clear when or how the suspects were arrested.

Syria's secular government has previously accused militants of carrying out the rare Damascus bombing, but this is the first time Fatah Islam was blamed.

The group has been active in neighboring Lebanon, where it fought the army in 2007.