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ERBIL – At least eight militant fighters of the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front were killed in an ambush in the southern Syrian province of Daraa, activists reported on Sunday.
The radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) ambushed rival militants of al-Nusra Front in the western countryside of Daraa.
“At least eight Nusra militants, including two leaders, were killed and twelve others injured in the deadly ambush,” a source close to ISIS told ARA News on the phone.
The source added that the operation was carried out by the ISIS-linked rebels of Shuhada al-Yarmouk –which operates in Daraa province under the leadership of the Islamic State extremist group.
Speaking to ARA News in Daraa, media activist Muhammad Masalma said: “At least two leading members of al-Nusra Front were among those killed in the ISIS-led operation.”
Anas Abu Nabut, a commander in the ranks of al-Nusra Front, was killed along with his assistant and six other militants in the ambush, the source confirmed.
“Subsequently, fierce clashes broke out between militants of ISIS and al-Nusra in the vicinity of Hawsh Hammad in the Lujat sub-district, east of Daraa. Three ISIS militants were killed and four wounded, while al-Nusra lost one more fighter in the clashes that continued until Sunday midnight,” Masalma reported.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef
Source: ARA News