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‘Terrorists’ kill general in Damascus: state media

"An armed terrorist group" gunned down a Syrian general in Damascus on Saturday, the official SANA news agency reported, saying he was in charge of a military hospital in the capital.

world Updated: Feb 11, 2012 23:24 IST

"An armed terrorist group" gunned down a Syrian general in Damascus on Saturday, the official SANA news agency reported, saying he was in charge of a military hospital in the capital.

"An armed terrorist group this morning assassinated brigadier general and doctor, Issa al-Khawli, the director of Hamish hospital, outside his home in the district of Ruknaddin," in northwest Damascus, SANA said.

"Three armed men had watched General Khawli leave his house and shot him," the news agency said, adding that he was a father of four, including three daughters. State TV showed footage of what it said was the general lying in a pool of blood outside his home, his head pixelated.

The report could not be independently verified. But if confirmed, it would be one of the most brazen attacks on a ranking officer in the Syrian capital since an uprising erupted in March last year. in a separate development the state has told told Libya and Tunisia to close their embassies in Damascus within 72 hours.