The leader of the Ayman Lifo anti-government armed group has been killed by Syrian security forces in the country's northern city of Aleppo, Press TV reports.
Security forces have also killed and injured a large number of insurgents in the al-Halak neighborhood of Aleppo and the Daret Azzeh area on the outskirts of the city.
The developments came after the Syrian Army killed tens of insurgents in the Hanano neighborhood in Aleppo on Thursday as it cleared vaster areas, including the Asileh and Bab al-Nasir districts, in the restive city of foreign-backed armed men.
The anti-government elements also lost scores of men in the Bustan al-Basha district and had to withdraw from the city's Salahuddin neighborhood on the same day.
In addition, the Army captured a number of insurgents in the country's northeastern city of al-Hasakeh, while several armed men were also killed in clashes with government forces in the eastern city of Deir al-Zour.
Meanwhile, there are growing concerns about the murder of civilians by the desperate insurgents, who have been pushing to prompt a foreign military intervention in the country.
Earlier in the day, the Army found at least eight bodies on a highway in the Mazzeh area in Damascus. The victims had been kidnapped and tied up before being executed.
Last week, a video was posted on YouTube, showing armed men killing their captives in Aleppo.
On Tuesday, insurgents killed at least 16 civilians -- mostly Alawites and Christians -- at the Jandar Resort near the western Syrian city of Homs, hours after launching mortar attacks on a number of residential areas in the city.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are the driving factor behind the unrest and deadly violence, while the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the killings.
Source: Press TV, 10 August 2012