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Terrorists assassinate lawmaker in central Syria


Unidentified terrorists have shot and killed a Syrian legislator in the restive province of Hama.

On Tuesday night, armed men opened fire on Waris al-Younes’ car as he was traveling on a road linking the city of Hama to the town of Salamiyeh.

No militant group has yet claimed responsibility for the incident. Younes represented Hama Province in the Syrian parliament.

A source at Hama Police Command told Syrian news agency, SANA, that terrorists opened fire on al-Younes’ car near Um al-Twaikiye crossroads as he was heading from Hama to al-Salamiya.

The source added that the terrorist attack also claimed the life of a civilian who was driving his car nearby when the attack took place.

The development comes as several Syrian officials have been assassinated in a similar fashion since the country plunged into a conflict in early 2011.

In July 2012, four top Syrian officials, including President Bashar al-Assad’s brother-in-law, Assef Shawkat, and former Defense Minister, General Dawoud Rajha, were killed in a bombing at a high-level crisis meeting in Damascus.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since March 2011. Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey — are reportedly supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

More than 191,000 people have been killed in over three years of fighting in the war-ravaged country, says the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), calling the figure a probable “underestimate” of the real total number of people killed.

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