Prosecutor, Judge Killed In Northwest Syria



Salon Staff
February 19, 2012 1:27PM (UTC)

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's state-run news agency reports that gunmen have assassinated a senior prosecutor and a judge in a restive northwestern province.

SANA says gunmen opened fire Sunday morning on a car carrying Idlib provincial state prosecutor Nidal Ghazal and judge Mohammed Ziadeh. The agency says the two were killed instantly along with their driver.

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Syrian rebels control parts of Idlib province, which borders Turkey. It has been one of the regions hardest hit by a government crackdown on an uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime.

The uprising began in March as a peaceful protest but has grown into a bloody insurgency.

The unrest and the resulting crackdown left more than 5,400 people dead last year alone, according to the U.N.


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