BEIRUT - Two Syrian policemen were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the province of rural Damascus around the Syrian capital, state television said on Tuesday.
The policemen were carrying out a "normal patrol" when the gunmen fired on them, the television channel said, without giving further details.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad faces the most serious challenge to his 11-year rule from protests which broke out last month in the southern city of Deraa and have spread to other parts of the country.
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