First Published: 2005-12-05

 
Five wounded in clashes with 'terrorists' in Syria
 

Two militants killed last week, three wounded in clashes in Aleppo.

 

Middle East Online

Syria's Assad under pressure

DAMASCUS - Five people were wounded in clashes between security forces and "a terrorist group" in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Sunday, the official SANA news agency reported.

"The clashes happened when security forces followed a terrorist group that intended to commit terrorist acts in Aleppo," 355 kilometres (220 miles) north of Damascus, the report said.

Two terrorists were seriously wounded and hospitalised, while a member of the security forces and two civilians were also hurt, it said.

It was not immediately clear who the group was nor how many militants were involved in the clashes.

SANA also said that two militants were killed last week and three wounded in clashes in Aleppo. "The incident was not made public for the purposes of the investigation," it said.

Syrian authorities have reported a number of clashes in recent months with the Jund al-Sham group which Damascus labels a "terrorist organisation".

The militant organisation only surfaced in March when an Internet statement was posted in its name claiming responsibility for a suicide bombing at a theatre in Qatar that killed a Briton.

Syrian police claimed to have broken up the group in June after a Damascus shootout that left its chief and another member dead, as well as a policeman.

However, two clashes between Jund al-Sham and security forces in northeast and central Syria in September killed six militants.

The secular Baath party has dominated Syrian political life for more than four decades and all Islamist groups are outlawed. The mainstream Muslim Brotherhood has been proscribed on pain of death since 1980.

The United States has accused Syria of not doing enough to prevent Islamic militants from slipping over its border to join the insurgency in Iraq.

 

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