Following a bombing that targeted one of its checkpoints in the city of Idlib, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) executed twelve ISIS members of ISIS in the morning of January 20.
“The sanction was carried out in the same place they targeted with a booby-trapped car driven by one of their suicide attackers,” Anas al-Sheikh, a security official in HTS, told the radical group’s news network, Iba’a.
The suicide bombing, which occurred two days ago, targeted the al-Mutalq checkpoint in the southern entrance of Idlib’s city center. More than 15 people, including militants of HTS, were killed in the attack.
According to Iba’a, HTS’ security forces arrested three of the attack perpetrators during an operation in the town of Sarmin in the southeastern Idlib countryside. The operation was carried out a few hours before the execution.
These developments indicate that ISIS’ influence in the opposition-held part of northwestern Syria is still strong, despite HTS’ attempts to eliminate it.