Syria’s al-Nusra Front claims assassination of Hama governor

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An Islamist militant group operating in Syria has claimed responsibility for the assassination of the governor of Syria’s Hama province last month, according to reports on Saturday.

The U.S.-based SITE intelligence monitoring group reported that al-Nusra Front, a Sunni Muslim group linked to al-Qaeda, killed Dr. Anas Abdul Razak in a car bomb attack.

The group - which is deemed a terrorist organization by the United States - said it set a car bomb by the side of the road to detonate when Abdul Razak’s convoy passed on Aug. 25, according to an English translation of a statement from al-Nusra provided by SITE.

“After, one of the heads of the criminal regime, the governor Anas (Abdul Razak) Na’em, would fall along with several of his colleagues, and all praise and gratitude are due to Allah,” it added.

The group said they had monitored Abdul Razak’s movements for a month before it struck, SITE reported.

It said Abdul Razak had participated in what it said was Assad’s crimes against Sunni Muslims in Syria but gave no details, according to Reuters news agency.

Syrian state television had reported last month that “terrorists” were behind the attack.

Earlier this year, the U.N. Security Council blacklisted the Islamist group and added it to its global sanctions list because of its links to al-Qaeda.

In April this year, al-Nusra Front pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri.

(With Reuters)

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