(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- In one of the boldest attacks yet during the 16-month conflict in Syria, gunmen believed to be linked to anti-government forces stormed a TV station south of Damascus on Wednesday, killing workers there and destroying buildings.
Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoebi said that seven employees died in the carnage at Al-Ikhbariya's compound, while others appeared to be kidnapped by the assailants.
Meanwhile, the gunmen also used explosives to knock down portable buildings the TV station uses for broadcasts.
Al-Zoebi accused terrorists of launching "a massacre against the freedom of the press."
Al-Ikhbariya is a privately-owned media company that regularly expresses the government's point of view, barely distinguishing itself from state-run media.
Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio