Russia claimed that several top commanders of the Islamic State group were killed in an airstrike in Syria, which included the Emir of Deir Ezzor and the ‘Minister of War’.
“As a result of a precision airstrike of the Russian air forces in the vicinity of Deir Ezzor city, a command post, communication centre and some 40 ISIS fighters have been killed,” the Russian defence ministry said in a statement on Facebook.
“According to confirmed data, among the killed fighters are four influential field commanders including Deir Ezzor emir Abu Mohammed al-Shimali,” the ministry said.
The ministry also added that Gulmurod Khalimov, a native of Tajikistan known as the IS group’s Minister of War had a ‘fatal injury’.
The reports said that Khalimov headed Tajik Interior Ministry’s special forces before joining IS in 2015.
Syrian troops broke years-long siege imposed by IS militants on tens of thousands of civilians in Deir Ezzor. The troops were supported by Russia during the mission.