DAMASCUS, SYRIA (8:10 A.M.) – The second highest commander of al-Nusra group in Syria was assassinated by unidentified assailants in the northwestern province of Idlib.
Abdurrahman Attoun aka Abu Abdullah al-Shami, a senior commander who serves as the right hand of the organization’s top leader Abu Mohammad al-Jolani, was shot dead by masked gunmen east of Maarat al-Numan town.
The al-Qaeda-linked terror group accused the Islamic State of carrying out the hit-and-run attack.
Tensions between the two jihadi groups have notably escalated recently when Nusra militants launched a massive crackdown on ISIS elements across Idlib province. In response, the self-proclaimed Islamic State stepped up its assassination attacks which targeted senior leaders as well as fighters.