Syria: Gunmen attack pro-government TV station killing 3 employees

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen addresses the media after he met with NATO ambassadors at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Tuesday, June 26, 2012. According to NATO, Syria's downing of a Turkish jet is 'unacceptable,' and NATO condemns 'it in the strongest terms'. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

BEIRUT - Syria's state-run news agency says gunmen have attacked the headquarters of a pro-government TV station, killing three employees.

SANA says the attack on Ikhbariya TV in the town of Drousha, about 20 kilometres (14 miles) south of the capital Damascus, occurred early Wednesday.

An employee at the station said that the gunmen stormed two of the station's buildings, detained some of the guards then blew up parts of it with explosives.

The employee, who did not give his name for fear of repercussions, said the gunmen blindfolded him then drove him away about 200 metres (yards) where he heard the explosion.

"I was terrified," the man said by telephone.

Ikhbariya is privately-owned but strongly supports President Bashar Assad's regime.


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