Terrorists kill two Syrian army officers

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By Manju Shukla
Date  26 April 2012
Armed groups have killed two military officers and three civilians in the flashpoint southern province of Dara.

According to the official Syrian news agency, Lieutenant Colonel Habes Aslan and Captain Nawras Rahieh were killed in two separate incidents on Wednesday.

A policeman was also gunned down in the restive city.

Meanwhile, terrorists have opened fire on an ambulance in the Damascus suburb of Douma, killing a Red Crescent volunteer and injuring another.

Civilian casualties were also reported in Idlib and Aleppo.

The latest round of violence comes as French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe urged military action in Syria.

Juppe says the United Nations Security Council should consider use of force if a peace plan led by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan fails to end months of unrest in the country.

Currently there are 13 UN observers in Syria to monitor a ceasefire which went into effect on April 12 and the United Nations is set to increase its monitors to 300 in coming weeks.

Calm has returned to most parts of Syria since the ceasefire was announced, though there have been reports of sporadic clashes in some parts of the country with Damascus accusing armed groups of violating the truce by continuing attacks on government forces.

Opposition activists have been claiming that the army has killed a number of civilians since the ceasefire took effect.

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