A dozen Russian soldiers were reportedly killed in western Syria Wednesday night after a car bomb attack hit a command center in Latakia– the heartland of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Pro-Assad forces and allied Russian troops have been trying to “fortify the province” in an attempt to deter any attacks by rebel groups.
A source close to the Syrian national security department told ARA News: “A huge explosion hit a security building in central Jableh city of Latakia province, where senior Russian forces were holding a meeting with Syrian army commanders.”
Two opposition factions – Ahrar al-Sham and Bayan – have claimed responsibility for the deadly attack. The military base that was hit is considered one of the most important military centers of the Russian forces on the Syrian coast, according to the Jerusalem Post.
The Jerusalem Post reported that the dozen killed were Russian generals but this report has not been corroborated by other sources.
Members of the rebel group say the announcement of the terror attack was delayed to “ensure that the jihadists who committed the attack returned safely to opposition territories.”
The late announcement of the bombing came shortly before the Syrian truce was scheduled to start on Saturday- the Post reported.
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