Blast in northern Syria kills most leaders of largest Islamist rebel group

September 10, 2014 2:07 AM

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ISTANBUL -- An explosion of uncertain origin Tuesday killed nearly all the leaders of the largest rebel group fighting to topple the government of President Bashar Assad.

At least two dozen senior leaders of Ahrar al Sham, a conservative Islamist group, died in the blast, which came 10 days after the group had distanced itself from al Qaida’s official Syrian affiliate, the Nusra Front. The death toll, by some accounts, was as high as 75.

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