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Group claims responsibility for assassination of Assad regime officer

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The Syrian regime buried on Thursday an officer known for his brutal history in the city of Aleppo, after his assassination.

Though conflicting reports regarding the circumstances of the assassination of officer Somer Zidane were circulating, a group known as 'Abu Amara Brigade for Special Operations' claimed responsibility on Wednesday in Aleppo’s Khanaser area.

The Syrian regime declared his death only on Thursday and where a funeral procession of the officer who carried the rank of a lieutenant colonel was held in Aleppo, in the presence of a high military delegation representing the Bashar al-Assad regime. Later, his body was transferred to his hometown of the Mediterranean city of Latakia - a stronghold of the Assad family - for burial.

Zidane was known to be one of the Syrian regime's fiercest and bloodiest officers in dealing with dissidents, torturing and detaining them in the prisons of Aleppo, where he wiped out a large number of them, according to sources in the Syrian opposition, who commented following the news of his death.