Ahrar al-Sham claims responsibility for Damascus explosion, pro-Assad Brigadier killed

A blast hit the car of a pro-Assad brigadier in Damascus on Saturday, a rebel group claimed responsibility. File photo

ARA News

Damascus, Syria – A Syrian army Brigadier was killed in an explosion in Damascus on Saturday, activists reported. 

Brigadier Raeef Ali al-Hassan, who had led several operations against rebel fighters in Damascus, died when an explosion hit his car in the Syrian capital on Saturday afternoon. 

“The blast took place near the Abbasids square in central Damascus. Brigadier al-Hassan and three of his bodyguards were killed in the incident,” media activist Ali Muhsen told ARA News in Damascus. 

The rebel movement of Ahrar al-Sham claimed responsibility for the explosion, describing the incident as a “strategic operation against a prominent officer of Assad army”.

The group has reportedly attached an explosive device to al-Hassan’s car on Saturday morning, and it was detonated in the afternoon, causing the Brigadier’s death along with his bodyguards. 

Ahrar al-Sham Movement said in a statement that the operation was a response to civilians’ death in the Zabadani city outside Damascus, where pro-Assad army forces conducted a series of artillery attacks in the recent weeks causing the death of dozens. 

Reporting by: Adel Hassan 

Source: ARA News 

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