Damascus: A high-ranking commander of Turkey backed terror outfit Al-Nusra group has been killed during a fierce exchange of fire between Syrian soldiers and allied forces in the country’s Northwestern Province of Idlib.
Rami Abdel Rahman, Director of the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said on Saturday that Abul Hassan al-Tunsi was killed on the outskirts of al-Foua and Kefraya villages on Friday as Syrian soldiers, backed by fighters from pro-government forces, closed in on Takfiri terrorists.
Abdel Rahman identified Tunsi as an important al-Nusra Front leader that arrived in Syria in 2012. He had served as a lieutenant of the former leader of al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, in Afghanistan and Iraq.
On Saturday, Syrian troops, backed by pro-government forces, killed more than 100 al-Qaeda-linked terrorists during a series of violent clashes in Idlib Province.
The militants were killed after local forces repelled fresh attacks by the al-Nusra Front terrorist group on al-Foua and Kefraya villages.
Sources said a number of terrorists from Uzbekistan and Chechnya were among those killed in the fierce exchange of gunfire.