Syria: al-Mezza attack carried out by local ''isolated extremist fundamentalist group''
An official source at the Ministry of Interior said Saturday in a statement to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) that the relevant authorities ended their investigations into the "criminal sabotage" act which took place on the evening of 27 April in al-Mezza neighborhood, west of Damascus.
The source added that an "isolated extremist fundamentalist group" of four Syrians attacked a building used to be a UN headquarters in al-Mezza, where security forces confronted them, and arrested two of them. The detainees were identified as Ahmad Shlash Hassan and Izzo Hussein al-Hussein. Two members of the cell - Ayman shlash Hassan and Mohammad Hussein al-Nahar - were killed.
The source said that a woman passerby was killed and another woman was injured in the scene. A policeman was also killed, and two other policemen were wounded.
The investigations revealed that two other Syrians called Azaam al-Nahar and Abdul Basset Hassida were linked to this group. These two men helped and prepared this "criminal act."
The investigations also revealed that this group had planted an explosive device at the building of the Financial Affairs Directorate at Quneitra Governorate on the same day, setting the building on fire in order to cover up the robbery of the building committed by Ayman Shlash Hassan who stole more than 10 million Syrian pounds from the Directorate.
The official source stressed that security men raided two arms caches in Khan al-Sheikh and Muaddamieh in Damascus Countryside Governorate where they seized big amounts of smuggled arms and explosives. (Albawaba.com)
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