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Senior al Qaida commander killed in air strike in Syria

A top commander in al Qaida's Syrian affiliate has been killed in an air strike, activists say.

Abdul Mohsen Abdallah Ibrahim al-Charekh, a Saudi better known as Sanafi al-Nasr, was killed on Thursday in an air strike near the northern Syrian town of Dana, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The observatory's chief Rami Abdurrahman said it was not clear if al-Charekh was killed by US or Russian warplanes.

Jihadi activists on social media say he was killed by a US drone strike.

Al-Charekh, the alleged leader of al Qaida's operations in Syria, was one of six men that the UN Security Council imposed sanctions on last year.

His death came three months after the US killed top al Qaida official Muhsin al-Fadhli.

Al Qaida's Syrian affiliate is led by Abu Muhammed al-Golani.

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