|A view of a train wreckage after it was derailed when "saboteur groups" dismantled a section of a northern railway near Homs in this July 23, 2011 still image taken from video. The train carrying 400 passengers derailed on Saturday and its driver was killed, Syrian officials said. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
DAMASCUS, July 23 (Xinhua) -- Sabotaging groups attacked a passenger train in Homs City in central Syria, killing the driver instantly and wounding a number of passengers, the state TV reported Saturday.
The train was on a journey from Aleppo to Damascus carrying 480 passengers, most of them women and children, said the TV.
It said "saboteurs" targeted a railway near al-Souday area in Homs and dismantled part of it at 3 a.m. Saturday, adding that the front carriage of the train caught fire and a number of carriages overturned.
Homs, about 100 miles from Damascus, has been under siege following reports of a wave of sectarian killings that left 30 people dead. It has been a focal point of demonstration.
Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said more than 30 army officers and policemen were injured, some of them in serious conditions, when "armed terrorist" groups at Bab al-Sibaa region in Homs opened fire at them on Friday.
It quoted a wounded policeman as saying that he was shot in his shoulder by snipers who were hiding behind roadblocks and barricades, noting that the number of the gunmen were large and they possessed the most sophisticated weapons and sniper rifles.
Also in Homs, The private Sham FM radio said late Friday that "armed men" fired rocket-propelled grenades at Syrian Army War College, but no casualties were reported.
SANA said protests erupted in a number of Syrian cities on Friday, adding that most of them dispersed shortly.