IS kills head of Homs military airport

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The Islamic State killed the Syrian major in charge of a military airport in the eastern Homs countryside Monday by detonating an explosive device as his car was passing by, the head of the pro-opposition Homs Media Center told Syria Direct Tuesday. Islamic State fighters “planted the explosive device on the Homs-Palmyra road,” that was used to kill Major Nashat Hajuj, the brother of pro-regime Melody FM owner George Hajuj, said the Homs Media Center spokesman, who requested anonymity. Pro-IS news site al-Amaq reported Monday that Islamic State fighters had carried out the attack. The T4 airport, located 90 kilometers east of Homs, is one of the largest military airports in Syria, reportedly hosting specialists from Russia, Iran and North Korea along with regime officers, reported Al-Arabiya last November.