Mayor of Atman, Syria, Assassinated by Militants

Sputnik-Middle East
In this July 15, 2018 file photo, a Syrian national flag with a picture of Syrian President Bashar Assad flies at an Army check point, in the town of Douma in the eastern Ghouta region, near Damascus, Syria.The mayor of the southern Syrian settlement of Atman, has died after a group of armed men opened fire, the state news agency SANA reported on Sunday, citing a police source.

According to the source, the murder occurred late on Saturday. The people who killed Mayor Fayssal Awwad Ellou were alleged terrorists, the source noted.

The incident follows the assassination of Adnan Masri, a member of the Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Baʽath Party at the hands of militants in the southern town of Al-Shajara in late May.

The situation in the Middle Eastern country remains tense, as multiple jihadist groups continue to be active, targeting government officials and attacking military forces.