DAMASCUS, SYRIA (12:05 P.M.) – In a rare attack deep within government-held territory in Latakia, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) said one of its members had conducted a suicide bombing on Friday by driving a vehicle filled with explosives into a Russian military convoy, causing a major blast.

HTS, a hardline jihadist group with ties to Al-Qaeda, uploaded a few images to back up the claim, seemingly showing Russian armored vehicles traveling on the main road in the Bustan Basha area, located on the northern outskirts of Khmeimim Air Base:


However, Syrian security forces had a very different versions of events, a senior officer told Al-Masdar News on Friday evening, who insisted that the above images were fabrications taken out of context.

The exclusive military source admitted that an explosion had indeed taken place in the Bustan Basha area on Friday, but said that it had occurred after a Russian jet accidentally dropped its reserve fuel tank shortly prior to landing at the nearby airfield.

He underlined that no one was hurt as the fuel tank dropped from the sky and added that the Russian jet had returned from an air raid in eastern Syria.

Images were also released by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) showing its side of events, including a photo of the alleged crater:

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