BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – Republican Guard forces of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) have conducted a successful tunnel bomb attack against Islamist militants in east Damascus.
According to military sources, the Islamist fighters caught in the army trap were from Faylaq al-Rahman. The militants were reportedly planning to sneak behind forward SAA positions and conduct a raid.
Sources go on to state that Republican Guard units found out about the Islamist raid beforehand. Knowing what path the militants would take, army troops set about digging a large tunnel placing bombs inside it.
Once Faylaq al-Rahman fighters entered the target area, hidden SAA scouts overseeing the trap gave the order for the tunnel bomb to be detonated.
The resulting blast killed and burred alive most of the Islamist raiding party and the militants who were spared either of these fates nonetheless abandoned their mission and fled the area.