Opposition militant groups fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the north of the country on Wednesday killed a jihadist leader in the town of Saraqeb,
Meanwhile in jihadist-held Raqqa, further east, ISIL set free dozens of militants it had captured in battles over the past few days"ISIL's emir in Saraqeb (Idlib governerate) Abul Baraa was shot dead this morning", said opposition observatory.
Abul Baraa, a Belgian jihadist of Arab origin, last week warned Syrian opposition militants to halt an anti-ISIL offensive they launched early January or face suicide attacks against their positions.
Since his January 6 warning, Islamist and opposition militant positions have been hit by jihadists' suicide attacks -- mostly car bombs -- in Aleppo, Idlib and Raqqa provinces, which have killed dozens of opposition fighters.
Abul Baraa's killing on Wednesday came as rival "Islamist militant infiltrated Saraqeb town and took up positions in a building there. They opened fire" on the emir's convoy and killed him.