Syrian TV airs confessions of militant suspects

By REUTERS
December 9, 2011 14:26

 
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BEIRUT - Syrian state television aired confessions of several men for attacking security forces, planting bombs and carrying out sabotage during the uprising against President Bashar Assad, the SANA state news agency reported on Friday.

Assad says casualties in nine months of unrest in his country have mostly been borne by the security forces, targeted by foreign-backed "armed terrorist gangs".

Anti-government activists say the estimated 4,600 deaths since March include three times as many unarmed civilians as members of the security forces. They say interrogators use torture to obtain confessions.

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