Informed Sources: Al-Nusra Responsible for Recent Bomb Attacks in Syria’s Lattakia
Informed sources announced on Sunday that the bomb explosions in the towns of Tartous and Jableh in the coastal province of Lattakia which claimed the lives of over 150 people last Monday were done by the al-Nusra Front, a leading terrorist group in Jeish al-Fatah coalition.
“The al-Nusra-led Jeish al-Fatah, established by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey in 2014, carried out the bloody bomb blasts in Lattakia,” local Syrian sources told al-Watan paper.
In the meantime, several sources in the villages of Hama province confirmed that such huge bomb blasts can be done only by al-Nusra Front, which leads Jeish al-Fatah.
“Mohammad al-Satouf known as Abu Ibrahim, a member of al-Nusra and ex-worker of the Syrian security forces, was one of the suicide bombers of Lattakia attacks.
Al-Satouf was originally from the village of Kafr Zita, where Ahrar al-Sham, a group affiliated to Jeish al-Fatah, has significant presence.
Reports said earlier this week that Ahrar al-Sham terrorist group and not the ISIL was responsible for the seven bomb explosions which rocked the coastal towns of Tartous and Jableh in Lattakia province and left at least 150 people dead and tens of others injured.
The ISIL claimed responsibility for the bombings but there were reasons to reject the claim.
The ISIL doesn’t have massive or even a remarkable presence in Lattakia and even if its claims of responsibility for the attacks are proved to be true, the attacks have definitely been the result of its collaboration with Ahrar al-Sham or al-Nusra Front. Then in that case, Ahrar or Al-Nusra have had the major share in the attacks, but asked the ISIL to declare responsibility in a bid to prevent being stuck off from the list of Washington’s supported group as the US has openly stated that it doesn’t consider them as terrorist groups yet.
Another reason pointing to Ahrar al-Sham’s role in the seven blasts is that the Syrian security forces arrested a suicide bomber concurrently with the Monday attacks who confessed to be a member of Ahrar al-Sham.
Also, the ISIL’s past statements showed that the terrorist group uses the word of al-Nasirien (Alawi) for its victims but the yesterday statement used another method and used other words common only among the Syrians.
According to reports, there were up to three explosions in the coastal town of Jableh near the local railway terminal. State TV also reported a fourth explosion, at the emergency unit of a local hospital.
Tartus explosions were a car bomb, while another was caused by a suicide bomber. Another explosion was reported later.
Both towns targeted by Monday attacks are close to facilities used by the Russian task force in Syria.