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Top Iraqi jihadist killed in suicide bombing in northwest Syria

Several others were injured, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity

By Reuters
April 06, 2024
Representational image of police tape at an incident site. — Unsplash/File
Representational image of police tape at an incident site. — Unsplash/File

AMMAN: A leading Iraqi jihadist leader in Syria’s rebel-held northwest who founded a former al-Qaeda affiliate was killed on Thursday when a suicide bomber blew himself up in his guest house, jihadist sources said.

The three sources said Abu Maria al Qahtani, whose real name is Maysr al Jabouri, died after arriving in hospital with severe wounds inflicted when a suicide bomber detonated himself seconds after greeting him in the town of Sarmada.

Several others were injured, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Qahtani was one of the founders of the Nusra Front, a former al Qaeda offshoot in Syria that renamed itself Hayat Tahrir al Sham (HTS) after it ruptured ties with al-Qaeda.

HTS confirmed Qahtani’s death in social media posts and blamed ISIS, an ideological rival militant group. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.