ERBIL – A senior jihadi from the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) was reportedly killed along with several militants in an explosion that hit one of the group’s headquarters in Manbij city in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, local sources reported on Friday.
Local activists confirmed that at least 20 jihadis were killed in the explosion.
Speaking to ARA News in Manbij, media activist Nasser Taljbini said that a huge explosion hit an ISIS stronghold near the mosque of al-Ala’ee in central Manbij [30 km west of the Euphrates river].
At least 20 ISIS jihadis were killed, including the Emir of Hisba police in Manbij, Abu al-Walid al-Halabi, according to the source.
“The targeted building was entirely destroyed,” he said.
Taljbini pointed out that the destroyed building was used by ISIS for manufacturing improvised explosive devices, as well as being a center for the group’s Hisba police forces.
“The explosion was likely caused by an error during the manufacturing of one of the devices,” he quoted an ISIS source as saying.
ISIS depends heavily on booby-trapped vehicles and roadside bombs in its military operations, and in most cases it moves the explosives from one region to another in the areas under its control in accordance with its needs, according to eyewitnesses.
Earlier this week, the US-led coalition forces intensified their airstrikes on positions of ISIS, hitting the group’s main arms storehouse in the city of Azaz in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, according to local sources.
The coalition’s airstrikes have also recently killed dozens of prominent ISIS jihadis across Syria besides hitting tactical units, Sharia courts and oil fields held by ISIS. With the death toll increasing in its ranks, the hardline group currently suffers shortage of manpower and financial resources.
Reporting by: Salar Qassim
Source: ARA News
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