Gunmen shoot dead 11 near Syrian Christian villages
DAMASCUS (AP) - Gunmen shot dead 11 people, mostly Christians, in central Syria on Saturday, state media and activists said. A witness described what appeared to be a sectarian attack indiscriminately targeting members of the minority.
A resident in the area told the Associated Press that the gunmen randomly opened fire on a street as Christians were celebrating a feast day. He spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.
The state-run Sana news agency described the attack as a "massacre" and said that women and children were among the dead.
But activists said that many of those killed were pro-government militiamen manning checkpoints.