Head of al Nusra reportedly killed in Syria

Leader of Syrian branch of Al Qaeda reportedly killed during fighting in city of Aleppo

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Members of Al Qaeda's Nusra Front gesture as they drive in a convoy in the southern countryside of Idlib, Syria, December 2, 2014.

Updated Oct 25, 2015

The leader of Jabhat al Nusra or the al Nusra Front, Abu Suleiman al Masri was killed during clashes in the Syrian city of Aleppo, the group reportedly confirmed on Saturday.

The group is known as the Syrian branch of Al Qaeda and is part of the Jaysh al Fatah group (Army of Conquest) who are fighting the Syrian regime.

Russian state media reported that al Masri was killed by the Syrian army, but other reports suggest that he was killed in a gun fight with PKK terrorists.

Also, a British newspaper reported opposition officials as saying three senior members of al Nusra Front had been killed.

Images posted online shows the body of a bearded man wearing glasses with a bloody head wound, who is assumed to be al Masri.

Abu Suleiman al Masri's real name is believed to be Mahmud Maghwari. He had received a death sentence in his homeland Egypt for fighting with Hamas in Gaza.

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