DAMASCUS: The governor of Hama province in central Syria was killed in a car bombing Sunday, state television reported, in an attack it blamed on rebels.
“Terrorists assassinated Anas Abdel-Razzaq al-Naem, the Hama governor, in a car bomb attack in the Jarajma district of Hama,” the report said.
The council of ministers said that Naem “died as a martyr, killed by criminal gangs.”
Naem was appointed to the post in July 2011, four months after the beginning of the revolt against President Bashar Assad’s regime.
He had replaced Khaled Abdel-Aziz, who was sacked by Assad after attending an anti-regime protest where hundreds of people called for the downfall of the regime.
Assad’s father and predecessor Hafez Assad crushed a Muslim Brotherhood uprising in the central Syrian city in 1982, killing between 10,000 and 40,000 people.