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'80 police officers killed'

world Updated: Jun 07, 2011 08:34 IST
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Hundreds of gunmen ambushed a convoy of police officers in Syria and killed around 80 personnel, the SANA news agency reported.

The incident took place in Jisr al-Shughour in Idleb province, when the policemen were on their way to control an unrest.

Armed groups also attacked a security centre and a number of government buildings and burned down a few of them.

The insurgents stole around five tonnes of dynamite from a storage building.

Security reinforcements have reached the area to protect civilians, SANA reported.

Syria has been engulfed since March with a wave of protests, calling for reforms and more freedom in the country.

President Bashar al-Assad had initially responded to the anti-government protests by offering some concessions, including lifting the emergency in place since 1963, releasing hundreds of political detainees and reshuffling the government.