Terrorism

Tahrir al-Sham elements killed in Idlib bombing

By Waleed Abu al-Khair in Cairo

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Three Tahrir al-Sham elements and a child who was in the vicinity were killed Sunday (December 3rd) when this vehicle stuck an improvised explosive device in the city of Idlib. [Photo courtesy of Musab Assaf]

Three elements of Tahrir al-Sham, an extremist alliance dominated by the former al-Nusra Front (ANF), were killed Sunday (December 3rd) in a targeted bombing in the northern Syrian city of Idlib, a media activist told Diyaruna.

A child also was killed in the blast near Mehrab roundabout, and a number of civilians who happened to be in the area of the bombing were wounded.

Meanwhile, another bombing in rural Idlib killed two Tahrir al-Sham elements.

An improvised explosive device (IED) exploded near a Tahrir al-Sham vehicle as it conducted a patrol in the city of Idlib at about 3 p.m. Sunday, said Idlib media activist Musab Assaf, using a pseudonym out of concern for his safety.

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Tahrir al-Sham elements examine the bombed out shell of a vehicle belonging to the alliance after it was targeted by an improvised explosive device in the northern city of Idlib. [Photo courtesy of Musab Assaf]

Three people in the vehicle were killed instantly, a 9-year old child named as Hamza Turkmani was fatally wounded by shrapnel, and a number of others were wounded, some seriously, he told Diyaruna.

"Tahrir al-Sham is keeping very tight-lipped about the names of its killed elements," he said.

After the incident, Assaf said, Tahrir al-Sham elements spread out throughout the city and set up a number of checkpoints.

Heightened tensions

This heightened the tension already permeating the city that began when the alliance carried out a roundup of al-Qaeda emirs and elements in Idlib and Hama provinces last week, he added.

"Residents totally reject the presence of Tahrir al-Sham on account of the abuses it has committed under the pretext of pursuing al-Qaeda elements, during which dozens of civilians were detained for their opposition to the group," Assaf said.

At the same time as the Idlib city bombing, another bombing targeted a Tahrir al-Sham vehicle near the town of Sinjar in south-eastern rural Idlib, he said.

Two Tahrir al-Sham elements were killed in the blast.

A number of vehicles have been targeted by IEDs in recent months in Idlib, Assaf said, leaving a large number of civilians killed or wounded.

The Mehrab roundabout area in the city of Idlib also was the site of a November 17th blast that killed and wounded a number of civilians, he noted.

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