DARAA – Top commander of al-Qaeda branch in Syria, the Nusra Front, was found dead after gunmen raided his office in Syria’s southern city of Daraa on Thursday.
Anas Abu Nabbut, aka Abu Abdullah, was killed by gunmen in the Balad district in central Daraa.
Nusra Front confirmed in a statement the death of its commander in Daraa, without providing further details on the incident.
“An anonymous group of gunmen shot Abu Abdullah dead and escaped Daraa after committing their crime,” leadership of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front said on Thursday.
Abu Abdullah, a prominent Jordanian member of al-Qaeda, was known for his opposition to the Islamic State group (ISIS).
He led several battles against ISIS in southern Syria over the past few months.
Pro-Nusra activists accused ISIS of ‘assassinating Abu Abdullah’ in a bid to impede Nusra’s progress in Syria’s southern province of Daraa.
However, none of the armed groups in Syria has claimed responsibility for the killing of Abu Abdullah so far.
Reporting by: Jan Nsro
Source: ARA News