By World Bulletin with wires
A senior Syrian officer was shot dead in mysterious circumstances in northern Syria last week, Arab media reports said on Sunday.
Pan-Arab al-Hayat newspaper, quoting "well-informed" sources in London, said the officer had been found dead on Friday night-Saturday morning. It said the officer had been in charge of "sensitive files" and was close to the Syrian leadership.
Lebanon's Future News television station identified the officer as Brigadier General Mohammad Suleiman whom it said was a military aide to President Bashar al-Assad. It said his body was found at a hotel in the northern port city of Tartous.
Also Syrian Albawaba quoted well known sources as saying that "General Mohammed Suleiman, an adviser to Syrian president Bashar al Assad, was assassinated on Friday. Suleiman also served as Syria's liaison officer to Lebanon's Hizbullah movement."
According to the sources, Suleiman was shot dead by a sniper in the Syrian port city of Tartous. They added the funeral service will be held on Sunday in Suleiman's home-town of Driekesh which is located less than 20 kilometers away from Tartous.
There was no immediate comment from the Syrian authorities on the reports.