Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Releases Terrorist Responsible For Attacks In Russia

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Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Releases Terrorist Responsible For Attacks In Russia

Sirozhiddin Mukhtarov in the middle of his fighters.

Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which rules Syria’s Greater Idlib, has released notorious terrorist Abu Salah al-Uzbeki, Enab Baladi reported on March 18

Taqi al-Din al-Omar, HTS public affairs official, confirmed to the pro-opposition news outlet that al-Uzbeki was released without providing any details. Reports of the terrorist release first emerged on March 16.

Al-Uzbeki was leading HTS’ Katibat al Tawhid wal Jihad. Last year, he was sacked from his post. The infamous terrorist later joined Ansar al-Din.

The terrorist, whose real name is Sirajuddin Mukhtarov, is reported responsible for the Saint Petersburg Metro bombing in 2017. At least 15 people were killed in the terrorist attack.

Mukhtarov was arrested by HTS security forces for no clear reason around nine months ago. His new group, Ansar al-Din, called the arrest “humiliating”.

The arrest of Mukhtarov was likely motivated by a personal disagreement between him and HTS leader Abu Mohamad al-Julani. The terrorist group may have released him to cooperate with him against Russia once again.

Recently, Russian officials revealed that HTS was training terrorists to carry out terrorist attacks in various Russian cities.

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