Two Syrian police killed by gunmen - state TV

BEIRUT, April 5 Tue Apr 5, 2011 11:57am EDT

BEIRUT, April 5 (Reuters) - Two Syrian policemen were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the province of rural Damascus around the Syrian capital, state television said on Tuesday.

The policemen were carrying out a "normal patrol" when the gunmen fired on them, the television channel said, without giving further details.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad faces the most serious challenge to his 11-year rule from protests which broke out last month in the southern city of Deraa and have spread to other parts of the country.