Top Hezbollah commander killed in Syria

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Damascus, May 13 (IANS) A top Hezbollah commander was killed on Friday in a pwerful explosion near the airport in Syria’s capital Damascus.

“A big explosion targeted one of our positions near the International Airport of Damascus, which led to the martyrdom of our brother, commander Mustafa Badreddine,” Hezbollah, in a statement told Xinhua news agency.

Badreddine was a military leader of Hezbollah. He was the cousin and brother-in-law of late Imad Mugniyah, a high-ranking commander, who was also killed in Damascus by an explosion in 2008.

Badreddine held several positions in Hezbollah and was tasked with many operations abroad. As the group started fighting the jihadi groups in Syria alongside tgovernment forces, Badreddine was among those operating in Syria.

According to local media reports, the explosion was caused by an Israeli strike near Damascus airport.

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