Nusra carries out twin suicide bombing in Ariha

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Jabhat a-Nusra carried out a suicide bombing operation Monday in the southern Idlib countryside, reportedly killing 70 regime soldiers and allied militiamen, a local citizen journalist told Syria Direct Tuesday. Two suicide bombers detonated their explosive belts amidst a large crowd of regime soldiers in the city of Ariha, which lies on a regime supply route between Latakia and Aleppo, after engaging in a protracted firefight, said citizen journalist Fares a-Sayyed Ali. Nusra claimed responsibility for the operation through their Murasel Idlib Twitter account Monday, noting that the bombers “infiltrated the girls school and government clinic in Ariha city” before firing on regime forces and blowing themselves up. Ariha is one of the few remaining regime-held positions in Idlib province.