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Syrian group: Activist's wife abducted in Egypt
Syrian rights group says wife of activist kidnapped in Egypt
By The Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) ' A Syrian human rights activist says that the 25-year-old pregnant wife of a Syrian dissident has been kidnapped in Cairo.

Ammar Qurabi said in a statement that Mona al-Gharib was kidnapped Friday at noon. The Egypt-based Qurabi is head of the National Organization for Human Rights in Syria

An Egyptian police official says that the woman's husband Thaer al-Nashef has filed a complaint about the kidnapping. The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Al-Nashef was informed of the kidnapping through an anonymous text message he received on his mobile phone, Qurabi's statement says.

The statement says that al-Nashef had been receiving threats for some time. It says the group believes that Syrian government agents carried out the abduction.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

BEIRUT (AP) ' Activists say Syrian military forces have clashed with army defectors using machine guns and heavy weaponry in the country's east.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 10 Syrian soldiers were killed in the clashes that took place late Friday in the town of Deir el-Zour.

The group said Saturday that there were also several casualties among the group of armed dissidents known as the Free Syrian Army.

The Local Coordination Committees activist network also reported fierce clashes, followed by house-to-house raids by troops searching for defectors.

Syria's 8-month uprising has grown increasingly militarized.

On Friday, the military blamed terrorists for an attack a day earlier in the central city of Homs, saying six pilots and four others were killed in an ambush.

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