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General reported killed by sniper

August 05, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

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.

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