Air Force general assassinated in Damascus: Syrian state TV
AFPDAMASCUS A--Syrian Air Force general has been assassinated in northern Damascus, state television said on Tuesday, blaming the killing on “terrorist groups.”
October 31, 2012, 12:02 am TWN
“As part of their campaign to target national personalities and scientists, armed terrorist groups assassinated Air Force General Abdullah Mahmud al-Khalidi in the Damascus district of Rukn al-Din,” the broadcaster said, without providing further details.
The general was a member of the Syrian Air Force command, a security source in Damascus told AFP on condition of anonymity.
He was shot dead on Monday evening as he left a friend's home, the source added.
The regime of President Bashar al-Assad routinely refers to rebels fighting to overthrow it as terrorists.
Since late July, Air Force fighter jets and helicopters have played a key role in the war against rebels.