Nusra Front Commander Killed in Ambush by Unknown Fighters

Armed group ambushes commander Abou Saqqar on the road connecting Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey

Senior Nusra Front field commander Abou Saqqar was killed on Tuesday by unknown assailants, activists said.

An unknown armed group ambushed the leader in the Harem area on the road connecting Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey.

Field sources said the unknown armed group included six fighters. Saqqar was reportedly driving his relative to the crossing when he was targeted with gunfire by the unknown armed group. Sources added that Nusra is continuing its search for the assailants.

Abu Saqqar was one of the first fighters to join the Free Syrian Army at the outset of the Syrian revolution five years ago. He fought alongside the Faruq Brigade in 2012 in Baba Amro, later founding the independent Omar al-Faruq Brigade which fought in the countryside of Homs, including al-Qusair.

Known as “the nightmare of shabeeha,” regime security branches had offered a large bounty for anyone who could capture or kill the commander.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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