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Syrian activists: Russian strike wounds al-Qaida commander

Syrian activists: Russian airstrike wounds senior al-Qaida commander from Saudi Arabia

Syrian activists: Russian strike wounds al-Qaida commander

BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian activists say a Russian airstrike has wounded a senior commander of al-Qaida's branch in Syria, a preacher from Saudi Arabia, but that his injuries are not life-threatening.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Syria-based activist Bebars al-Talawy said on Friday that Sheikh Abdullah al-Mheisny was wounded the previous day in the northwestern province of Latakia.

A Saudi citizen, al-Mheisny had been fighting in northern Syria for months, serving both as a senior religious and military commander with the al-Qaida branch, known as the Nusra Front.

Activists have posted on social media a photo of al-Mheisny, showing his head bandaged.

Rebel-held parts of Latakia have been under attack by government forces who are advancing slowing under the cover of Russian airstrikes.

Updated : 2021-09-17 02:35 GMT+08:00