Syrian police officers have been killed in a raid on a terror group which planned to attack Damascus.
In recent months Syria has been the victim of militant attacks, in Damascus, Homs and near the border by Islamic extremists. The exiled Muslim Brotherhood – which fought with the government in 1982 in Hama, costing 20,000 lives – has called for regime change, ending its policy of dialogue.
Police say the officers were killed by a group called Tanzeem Jund Ash-Sham – they carried out a suicide bombing in Qatar which killed a number of foreigners. They’ve also claimed responsibility for other attacks around the Arab world, and were planning more attacks in Syria. Their stated goal is war on ‘un-Islamic’ elements – the Gulf states, oil fields, western military bases, and Syria’s secular government.
The attack happened in Madaya, 40km north of the capital.