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Armed Men abduct Syrian Police Officers & a Student

(Dp-news)

SYRIA- Armed masked men abducted two police officers and a high school student in the violence-hit city of Hama on Thursday, Syria's official SANA news agency reported without further details.

The private al-Watan newspaper said earlier that rioters in Hama had barricaded streets with piles of blazing tyres and stones, adding that local authorities are trying to reach a common ground with those rioters, who attacked Wednesday some Syrian tanks with Molotov cocktails.
The paper said local residents in Hama are fed up with the unbearable situation, citing local residents' resentment over the economic standstill, which is caused by the closure of most of the markets in the city.



The city of Hama has a storied history of rebellion against the Syrian leadership and was a stronghold of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, which staged a bloody rebellion in 1982. It is now witnessing the largest turnout since the eruption of protests in mid-March, and also under a self-declared general strike since two weeks.

SANA also reported that armed terrorist group mingled with a popular march in Qatana, Damascus countryside on Wednesday and Thursday, attacked citizens and vandalized private and public properties, venting their grudges by killing and sabotaging, whereas another group stood in the way of passers-by in a terrorist conduct.

While a march was in progress in support of the reform process and dialogue in which hundreds of citizens participated, it was attacked by scores of saboteurs holding sticks, while some of them opened fire randomly, changing the march into a field for terrorism. Even those who came to visit their relatives in Qatana were not spared from the attacks of the saboteurs, including Colonel Nawfal Ibrahim Maaruf, according to SANA.

 Armed Group in Qatana

 
In an interview with the Syrian TV, Colonel Maaruf recounted the details of the attack, saying ''I was on a visit to Qatana Military Housing Compound on Wednesday. Upon my arrival to the area, I found that the road was blocked, and at the crossroads there was a group of men and women clad in black shouting: Allah Akbar. I tried to get past them until I reached a place blocked by 25 persons with sticks and knives in their hands, then I tried to turn backwards with my car, but they hurled stones and it and smashed its glass.''

''I went ahead with my attempts to escape, until I reached a place which was also blocked by rocks. I was trying to get past it when the car overturned. Then they attacked me and stabbed me six times in the shoulder and back, and they also beat me with sticks and stones.''

In the same area, armed men attacked one of the law enforcement members whom they beat severely, and stole his weapon and military card. The member said ''While I was on my duty, I was assailed by an armed group holding knives and guns. They took away my pistol and ID card before citizens rescued me and carried me to the hospital.''

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