Islamic State claims responsibility for assassination of Syrian rebel leader

A Syrian rebel kicks a soccer ball in the Saif al-Dawlah neighborhood of Aleppo. File photo

ARA News

DARAA The Islamic State radical group (ISIS) on Saturday claimed responsibility for the assassination of a prominent Syrian rebel leader in Daraa province, southern Syria. 

Shakir Nabbut al-Rashwani, commander of the Homs al-Waleed rebel group, was reported dead when militants bombed his car in the al-Balad district of Daraa city.

ISIS released a statement on Saturday midnight, claiming responsibility for the assassination of the rebel leader.

Al-Rashwani had earlier led several offensives against ISIS militants in southern Syria, in which dozens of ISIS fighters were killed.

“The terror group has attached an explosive device to al-Rashwani’s car, and then detonated it, killing him and three other rebels,” media activist Muhammad Obedo told ARA News in Daraa.

“The explosion took place in the al-Balad district near the train station on Saturday afternoon,” the source added. 

“Shakir Nabbut al-Rashwani was a main enemy for ISIS in southern Syria. He led rebel operations against this barbaric group in Daraa province and killed many of them. His death came as a shock to all rebel factions in Syria,” spokesman of the Shamiya Front Saleh al-Zein told ARA News.

“We promise him that we’ll continue this struggle until cleansing Syria from ISIS and pro-Assad militias,” al-Zein said.   

Reporting by: Shero Darwish

Source: ARA News

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