Syria: 5 dead when army forces, operatives clash

Clashes between Syrian security forces and Islamic militants Friday in an area of Damascus filled with government buildings left five dead and four wounded, officials said. Security forces killed four militants, wounded two and arrested four, Fayez Sayegh, director-general of Syria's state-run radio and television said. Four militants were arrested and all those involved were Syrian, he added in a telephone conversation with The Associated Press. The Interior Ministry said in a statement read on state television that one member of the security forces was killed and two others were wounded.