Deadly car bomb attack kills highest ranking Al-Qaeda commander in south Syria



Follow up information just released by opposition sources regarding a huge car bomb attack that occurred in the southwestern Syrian province of Daraa on Monday reveals that a top regional commander for the Al-Qaeda affiliate group Ha’yat Tahrir  al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) has lost his life in the blast.

Early on Monday, an unknown party conducted a powerful car bomb attack against the Al-Rubaii rebel checkpoint base in eastern Daraa province that was manned at the time by both Ha’yat Tahrir  al-Sham and Free Syrian Army fighters.

 At least ten Syrian militants have been killed and another 20 injured as a result of the bombing, according to the latest reports.

However among the dead is a very high-ranking rebel leader, one Abu Hamza Ghadiyah, a Jordanian national who was (until his very recent departure) Ha’yat Tahrir  al-Sham’s commander for all of southern Syria; four of his personal bodyguards were also killed in the attack.

Updates to follow.

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