DAMASCUS, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Armed militant groups infiltrated a town in Syria's central province of Hama, killing 14 civilians, including women and children, the official SANA news agency reported on Wednesday.
The group sneaked into the town of Khatab in the northwestern countryside of the Hama at dawn Wednesday, and committed a mass killing against the civilians there, said SANA, spelling no further details.
The Syrian troops have recently made sweeping victories in the central region of Syria. However, some rebel groups have managed to permeate some areas every now and then.
Meanwhile, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the armed militant groups killed the civilians, among whom nine were women.