A high-ranking al-Nusra Front terrorist group leader has been killed in an air strike in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, says a UK-based monitoring group.
A founding member and spokesman for the al-Qaeda-affiliated Takfiri group, Abu Firas al-Suri, was killed during a Syrian or Russian strike on a village located in the province’s northwestern regions, said the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Sunday.
The pro-opposition monitoring group noted that Firas’s son and 20 other foreign militants were also killed in the assault.
Firas was a well known figure in terrorist circles who gave commentaries released by the Takfiri group on sensitive subjects such as governance and religious matters.
According to Takfiri media, Firas was one of terrorist group’s founding members who was also active in Afghanistan in the 1980s and reportedly collaborated directly with Osama bin Laden.
Al-Nusra is considered the second largest terror group operating in war-ravaged Syria where over 470,000 people have been killed and 1.9 million more injured since 2011.
A Russia and US brokered “cessation of hostilities” which excludes the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group and al-Nusra has been in place in Syria for over a month.