General reported killed by sniper
A sniper assassinated a senior Syrian general close to President Bashar Assad, according to reports in a Saudi paper and on websites for a Syrian opposition figure and a member of Syria’s ruling party.
The sniper, on a yacht, killed Brig. Gen. Mohammed Suleiman at a beach resort in the northern port city of Tartus, said the website of exiled Syrian dissident Abdul-Halim Khaddam. The site said the general handled intelligence files and was a close Assad associate.
The other website, run by Ayman Abdul-Nour, said the senior officer was shot Friday night at his beach house.
There was no confirmation by officials in Syria, which restricts its media.