Gunmen kill brother of Syria's parliament speaker
BEIRUT - Gunmen assassinated the brother of Syria's speaker of parliament on Tuesday, state television said, in the latest episode of a deadly campaign against people regarded as linked to President Bashar Assad.
Targets have included parliamentarians, ruling Baath party officials and their relatives. Even actors and doctors viewed as Assad supporters have been killed in a 19-month-old uprising that has cost more than 32,000 dead.
"Gunmen assassinated Mohammed Osama al-Laham, brother of the speaker of parliament, in Midan, Damascus," state television said, without giving details.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the killing.