DAMASCUS, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- A Syrian army general was assassinated on Tuesday by a "terrorist" group in a district of the capital Damascus, the state-run SANA news agency reported.
Gen. Abdullah al-Khalidi, a fighter pilot, had been shot down in Rukin Addien district while getting out of his car in Assad- Addien Street, SANA said, adding that the armed men appeared to have been monitoring the killed officer.
Many army officers have been reported either killed or kidnapped as the fighting against the rebels has been gaining momentum over the past months of crisis in the unrest-ravaged country.
Meanwhile, Syria's state-media said the army clashed with armed groups in a number of Syrian areas, adding that the army has managed to "purge" the Slaiman al-Halabi district in northern Aleppo from armed rebels.
On the other hand, the opposition activists reported airstrikes by Syrian warplanes on a number of hotspots near Damascus on Tuesday, adding that at least 61 people have been killed so far. Still, activists' accounts cannot be independently checked.