Bailed murder suspect kills six in Iran rampage

Updated 11 January 2017
0

Bailed murder suspect kills six in Iran rampage

TEHRAN: A murder suspect freed on bail killed six people including a policeman and three family members in a shooting rampage Wednesday in central Iran, media reported.
The judiciary announced in the evening that the suspect was later arrested.
The 26-year-old entered two houses in Arak and shot eight people with a Kalashnikov, killing five of them instantly, ISNA news agency quoted the city’s prosecutor as saying.
A sixth victim later died in hospital and another was in critical condition, he added.
The first house targeted was the home of a police officer who had arrested the man last year on charges of complicity in a murder.
The officer, his sister, mother and brother were all killed while another family member was hospitalized.
The suspect then went to the house of the victim who he and two others are accused of killing last year and shot dead his parents. Their son was also injured.
“The suspect who was going to flee to Tehran was arrested,” the prosecution in Arak said, quoted by the Mizaonline news agency.
His brother, who allegedly accompanied him in the rampage, had already been arrested.
The gunman had been released on bail of two billion rials ($50,000) on January 1.


Israeli rockets hit Syrian military position in Aleppo: Syrian state media

Updated 5 min 37 sec ago
0

Israeli rockets hit Syrian military position in Aleppo: Syrian state media

  • Syrian state media said on Sunday that Israeli rockets had hit a Syrian military position near Nairab airport
  • Strikes caused only "material damage"

ALEPPO: Syrian state media said on Sunday that Israeli rockets had hit a Syrian military position near Nairab airport on the outskirts of the city of Aleppo.
The report said the strikes had targeted military sites north of Nairab airport, causing "only material damage," Syrian state news agency SANA said, quoting a military source.
It said the strikes were an attempt by Israel to support rebels in southern Syria, where Syrian government forces have been waging an offensive.
Israel, concerned that Iran's growing presence in Syria is a threat to its security, has struck dozens of Iranian and Iran-backed positions in Syria over the course of the seven-year conflict.
Iran is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad and backs a number of militias, including Lebanon's Hezbollah, fighting in support of Assad.