A commander of a local paramilitary group affiliated with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) 4th Division has survived an assassination attempt.
According to opposition sources, an improvised explosive device (IED) targeted the commander, Dani al-Sheikh Ali, in the town of al-Takiyah in Barada Valley, northwest of the Syrian capital, Damascus. The incident took place on March 26 eve.
Al-Sheikh Ali survived the attack despite sustaining some injures. He is reportedly receiving medical treatment in one of Damascus’ hospitals.
Earlier this month, a similar attack in Damascus claimed the life of Saleh Mohamad, a retired Syrian Arab Army (SAA) first warrant officer who served as a commander in the National Defense Forces (NDF) in the early years of the war.
No group has claimed responsibility for these attacks, so far. This style of attacks is similar to that of ISIS, al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and the military wing of the Muslim Brotherhood Party.
These assassinations are clearly meant to disturb peace in the Syrian capital and terrorize government supporters living there.