Moscow [Russia], October 4 (ANI):The Russian Defence Ministry has said that Abu Mohammad al-Julani, the leader of Al-Nusra, has been critically injured in an airstrike carried out by the Russian Air Force as a part of an intelligence-led special operation, while he was meeting his commanders in Idlib province in Syria, the Russian Defence Ministry said, in a statement.
Julani, the Commander-in-chief of the Tahrir al-Sham, a terrorist group formed after the collapse of the Al-Nusra terrorist organisation, was targetted by the Russian airstrike in which at least 12 Al-Nusra field commanders and around 50 members of the group's security were also killed, the Russia Today quoted the ministry's spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov, as saying.
The airstrike on the Al-Nusra leader took place a week after the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that five prominent Al-Nusra field commanders had been killed in an airstrike in Idlib province in Syria.
Julani "sustained shrapnel wounds and is in a critical condition after losing his arm, according to information from multiple independent sources," Konashenkov added.
After getting the tip-off of the Al-Nusra leadership meeting led by Julani, Su-34 fighter-bombers and Su-35 fighters were deployed to strike the location.
Julani was the head of the Nusra Front terrorist group before it merged with other militant outfits to form the so-called Tahrir al-Sham in January 2017.