Syrian security forces shoot dead 4 protesters

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BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say Syrian security forces have shot dead four people -- including a 16-year-old boy -- during anti-government protests.

The toll was reported Friday by the Local Coordination Committees, a group that documents the protests.

The group said three people were killed in the central city of Homs. The 16-year-old died in the southern village of Dael.

Thousands of people poured into the streets throughout Syria after Friday prayers calling for the downfall of President Bashar Assad's regime.

Assad has unleashed the military to crush street demonstrations that erupted in mid-March. Human rights activists say more than 1,400 Syrians have been killed and 10,000 detained.