BEIRUT – An airstrike has killed a top al-Qaeida commander and two other fighters in Syria, activists said Saturday, but it was not immediately clear whether it was carried out by the US-led coalition or Russian warplanes.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Abdul Mohsen Abdallah Ibrahim al-Charekh, a Saudi better known as Sanafi al-Nasr,
was killed Thursday in an airstrike near the northern Syrian town of Dana, along with another Saudi and a Moroccan member of al-Qaeda’s local affiliate, known as the Nusra Front. The Observatory, which relies on a network of activists inside Syria, said an Egyptian commander escaped the bombing. It said all four men had been dispatched to Syria by al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri. Jihadi activists on social media say al-Charekh was killed by a US drone strike.