On March 13 morning, a small explosion rocked the Dahdal neighborhood in the southern part of the Syrian capital, Damascus.
According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the explosion was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) which targeted a civilian car in the neighborhood.
“An IED which had been planted by terrorists in a civilian car exploded this morning, seriously wounding a civilian. He was taken to the hospital, however, he died,” a source in Damascus’ Police Command told the state-run agency.
The victim was identified as Saleh Mohamad Mohamad a retired Syrian Arab Army (SAA) first warrant officer. Several sources reported that Mohamad, originally from Safita in the coastal governorate of Tartus, was a commander in the National Defense Forces (NDF) in the early years of the conflict.
In the last two months, Damascus witnessed several IED attacks, all targeting military commanders, pro-government figures or local mediators. The attacks claimed the lives of at least five people and injured 15 others.
No group has claimed responsibility for any of these attacks, so far. The attacks were very likely the work of terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda’s Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).