Top al-Qaeda commander killed in northern Syria

A senior al-Qaeda commander has been killed along with two other terrorists in an airstrike in Syria, says a UK-based monitoring group.

According to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Saturday, Abdul Mohsen Abdallah Ibrahim al-Charekh, a Saudi national also known as Sanafi al-Nasr, was killed in a strike along with two other members of the Qaeda affiliate group al-Nusra in the northern Syrian town of Dana  on Thursday.

It is still not clear if Charekh was killed in a US or Russia strike, said Observatory chief Rami Abdul Rahman, but according to Takfiri social media users, he was killed in a US drone strike.

The terrorists released pictures of a car along with several corpses claiming that they were those of Charekh, who was allegedly a senior strategist and an important power broker for al-Qaeda, and the other militants.

A video grab made from a footage released by the the Russian Defense Ministry shows an explosion after airstrikes by the Russian air force on October 15, 2015. (AFP)

Meanwhile, Russian warplanes carried out 36 sorties on a total of 49 Takfiri targets in the provinces of Hama, Idlib, Latakia, Damascus and Aleppo.

Based on a statement released by the ministry, a terrorist training camp, an explosives workshop, various command points, weapons workshops, firing positions, depots, and fortified bunkers were destroyed in the attacks.

Russia started its air campaign against Daesh and other terrorists in Syria on September 30 based on a request by the Syrian government.

By Press TV