BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 A.M.) – The Al-Qaeda affiliated Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham group busted a large Islamic State (ISIL) sleeper cell in northern Syria, Wednesday, opposition activists reported.

According to a statement released by the Al-Qaeda linked group, their security forces stormed multiple hideouts in the western Idlib towns of Salqeen, Korkaniyah, and Isqat, capturing at least nine members of the Islamic State.

One of the militants that was on the verge of capture had allegedly detonated a suicide belt before he could be apprehended by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham.

Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham also found a IEDs planted in vehicles, as well as many motorcycles and explosive belts in the western Idlib hideouts for the Islamic State.

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