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Egyptian al Qaeda leader al Masri killed in US-led strike in Syria

world Updated: Oct 04, 2016 08:34 IST
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The United States targeted a prominent al Qaeda member in Syria with an air strike on Monday and was still assessing the results of the strike.(Reuters File Photo)

Syria’s militant Jabhat Fateh al Sham, formerly the Nusra Front, said on Monday that Egyptian cleric Abu al Faraj al Masri, a prominent member of the militant group, had been killed in a strike by the US-led coalition.

A statement posted to social media said Sheikh Abu al Faraj al Masri, whose real name is Shekih Ahmad Salamah Mabrouk, a member of the group’s religious Shura council, had been killed in a strike in the rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib.

Two jihadi sources had earlier confirmed that Masri was killed when an unidentified drone hit the vehicle he was travelling in a location near Jisr al Shuqour in Idlib, in Syria’s northwest.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed widespread reports on social media that he was targeted in a drone attack but did not say whether he was killed.

The United States had targeted a prominent al Qaeda member in Syria with an air strike and was still assessing the results of the strike, a US defence department official told Reuters.

“We will not discuss specific operations or release information about air strikes against high-value targets until we can confirm it was a successful strike,” the defence official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.