(DAMASCUS, Syria) — A Syrian air force commander reportedly has been assassinated, according to Syrian state media.
State television reports say air force general Abdullah Mahmoud al-Khalidi died from fatal gunshot wounds late Monday, according to BBC News. The attack was reportedly carried out by rebels in Syria’s capital city of Damascus.
Al-Khalidi is said to have been one of Syria’s top authorities on aviation, BBC reports.
The Free Syrian Army has claimed responsibility for the attack, and says the mission also resulted in the death of an air force intelligence official, according to Agence France Presse.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN