Russia`s military says its jets have been targeting positions of an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria for two straight days, killing seven militant commanders and dozens of fighters, according to UNB.
Moscow blamed the al-Qaida-linked Levant Liberation Committee for attacking Russian military police last month.
The Defense Ministry said Thursday that seven of the group`s commanders and 49 militants were killed in the airstrikes in the Idlib province on Wednesday. The strikes also destroyed a significant ammunition depot at a militant-controlled air base.
On Wednesday, the Russian military reported that its airstrikes critically wounded the group`s leader a day earlier.
Russia has been waging an air campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad`s forces since 2015, helping them to make major advances against the Islamic State group, al-Qaida-linked insurgents and mainstream rebels.