Seven soldiers killed in rebel Syrian town-agency

AMMAN, Sept 30 Thu Sep 29, 2011 8:07pm EDT

AMMAN, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Seven Syrian soldiers and police were killed in a military operation against "terrorists" in the central town of Rastan, the state news agency said on Friday, in the first official comment on a three-day offensive to recapture the area from army defectors.

"The units responsible have inflicted big losses on the armed terrorist groups," the agency said, quoting a military spokesman. It added that troops and security police "were continuing to chase members of these terrorist groups to restore security and stability to Rastan and its citizens". (Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis, Amman newsroom; Editing by David Stamp)