- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 26, 2015

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - A Syrian opposition commander has died in a bomb attack in the Turkish city of Antakya, near the border with Syria, an official said Wednesday.

Jamil Raadoun died of his wounds in a hospital, hours after a bomb exploded as he entered his car, Hatay province governor Ercan Topaca told Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency.

Topaca said the 44-year old Raadoun was a commander of the Suqour al-Ghab brigade, a group affiliated with the opposition Free Syrian Army. He was based in Antakya.

He said an investigation has been launched into the attack, but added it appeared to be the result of “conflict between Syrian opposition groups.”

Suqour al-Ghab confirmed in a statement that its commander was assassinated, without accusing any particular side. It said Raadoun, a Syrian army defector, had dedicated his life to the Syrian revolution and armed struggle against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s “killing machine and the treacherous Islamic State group.”

 Activists published an unverified photo of a damaged black SUV parked under an apartment building.

 Suqour al-Ghab is one of the most active brigades fighting Assad’s forces in the central plains of Syria and the northern city of Idlib.

 Topaca, the governor, said Raadoun was the target of a similar attack in April, but the bomb was discovered before it could explode.

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