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Ongoing violence in Syria kills at least 9 people Monday

(Xinhua)

11:13, April 17, 2012

DAMASCUS, April 16 (Xinhua) -- At least nine people, including two officers, were killed Monday in separate incidents across Syria at a time when the advanced team of UN observers is bracing to begin its mission of monitoring the nascent UN-backed cease- fire.

Two army officers were killed and two others were injured in separate attacks carried out by armed groups against law- enforcement forces in southern Daraa and northern Aleppo province on Monday, state-run SANA news agency said.

In another attack in Aleppo, two children were killed Monday when armed groups fired mortar shells at the neighborhoods of Zharaa, al-Abbasya and al-Sabeel, said SANA, adding that four women were also injured by the blast of a roadside bomb that went off at a suburb of Aleppo.

In northern Idlib province, armed groups attacked civilians and law-enforcement forces, leaving three troops killed, said SANA, adding that the competent authorities confronted the aggressors, killed and arrested a number of them.

Meanwhile, the authorities found Monday two dead bodies of law- enforcement members, who were kidnapped a day earlier in Idlib.

On the opposition side, activists reported Monday intense shelling of rebel strongholds in central Homs province for the third consecutive day.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that government troops are trying to take control of neighborhoods in Homs, pounding them with mortar fire. It said the shelling targeted the districts of Khalidyah and Bayyada.

Activists said that at least six people were killed in the central city of Hama, four in the northern city of Idlib and at least other four in shelling in central Homs province.

The activists account couldn't be independently verified.

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