According to General Oleg Yegorov, Deputy Head of Russia’s Reconciliation Center at the Khmeimim Airbase, the raids destroyed underground shelters of the Levant Liberation Board, formerly al-Nousra Front, in the vicinity of the Ruayha and Msibin settlements.
He said that among the ringleaders killed were Abu Yusef Al-Shami and Khaled Al-Yusef, nicknamed “Abu Omar,” while 22 radicals were seriously wounded.
The official added that an arsenal of weapons containing four rocket launchers, an anti-aircraft gun, and small arms was disabled in the airstrike.
The anti-terrorist operations prevented attacks the radicals were planning against the Russian and Syrian forces, Yegorov said.
On September 14 and 19, two similar airstrikes destroyed headquarters and camps of radical groups in Idlib, eliminated at least 160 radicals, and destroyed a drone training camp.
At Damascus’ request, Russia sent forces to Syria in 2015 to help fight terrorism, concentrated at the Khmeimim Airbase and the Tartous naval base.