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Blast kills terrorist commander in Syria's Idlib

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Takfiri militants operating under the Ahrar al-Sham terrorist group are seen at a camp in eastern Ghouta, near Damascus, November 28, 2013. (Reuters photo)

A commander of a brigade affiliated with the Ahrar al-Sham terrorist group has been killed in a blast that targeted his vehicle in northwestern Syria.

The commander of Ansar al-Haq brigade, Saoud Assaf Abu Mazen, was killed as his car exploded on a road near Masaran village in the northwestern province of Idlib, Arabic-language Syria Now news website quoted media reports as saying on Wednesday.

Sources said unknown attackers had planted an explosive device in Abu Mazen’s car.

No further details were available about the blast.

Over the past weeks, similar incidents have taken place in Idlib where rival terrorists fighting in Syria direct their weapons towards each other.

Earlier this month, infighting among Takfiri militant groups in Syria killed Abu Sakkar, the militant who had eaten the heart of a dead Syrian soldier about three years ago.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on April 5 that rival terrorists killed "Khaled al-Hamad, who was known as Abu Sakkar and who was a military commander in al-Nusra [Front], by gunning him down" in Idlib.

Less than a month earlier, the Britain-based observatory also reported that infighting had intensified between rival anti-government groups in Idlib.

Militants from 13th Division of the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) and al-Nusra Front terrorists engaged in a fighting in Idlib’s Ma’arrat al-Nu’man district, the group said on March 13, adding that the clashes left six FSA militants dead and 40 others wounded while dozens more were taken captive.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011.

According to Staffan de Mistura, the United Nations special envoy for Syria, some 400,000 people have lost their lives as a result of over five years of conflict in the Arab country.

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