BEIRUT: A suicide car bomber from the Islamic State group killed at least six rival jihadists on Wednesday at a roadblock in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, a monitor said, reports AFP.
“A jihadist in a bomb-laden car blew himself up at a roadblock controlled by HTS fighters... killing six of them,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.The attack on Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, which is led by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda branch, took place on the western outskirts of Idlib city. IS also “executed five HTS members this weekend,” Abdel Rahman told AFP.
Most of Idlib province is held by an array of Islamist and jihadist groups, with only parts controlled by the Russian-backed government. The Islamic State group is attempting to make a comeback in the area, after being driven from vast swathes of its self-proclaimed “caliphate” last year.