Air raid kills Al Qaeda-affiliate commander

Damascus, Oct 18 (IANS) A most-wanted commander of the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front has been killed in an air strike on Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, activists and the Nusra group said.

Abdul-Muhsen al-Shraikh, also known as Sanfi al-Naser, was killed during an air raid targeting him along with two other commanders while driving their vehicle in the town of Dana, reports Xinhua.

The Nusra Front said al-Shraikh was a “great commander,” adding that he was targeted on Friday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it wasn’t clear whether the air raid was carried out by Russia or the United States.

Al-Shreikh, a Saudi national, was on the wanted list in both Saudi Arabia and the US since 2004.

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