Saturday, April 20

Al-Qaeda in Syria says shoots down army cargo plane filled with food


BEIRUT: The Syrian wing of al-Qaeda, the Nusra Front, said it shot down an army cargo plane filled with food and ammunition overnight in the northwest of the country.

Reuters could not immediately confirm the report, which appeared on the group’s social media accounts.

State news did not mention the downing of the plane, which the Nusra Front said happened near the army-controlled Abu al-Duhur military airport in Idlib province.

Several Syrian air force jets and helicopters have been shot down in Syria’s civil war, which erupted after the government cracked down on pro-democracy protests in 2011. — Reuters