The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant has claimed yet another suicide attack in Syria. The group released a statement on May 4 claiming credit for the April 20 suicide attack on Syrian forces at a restaurant in Hama. The Al Nusrah Front, which has been described as an al Qaeda-linked jihadist group in Syria, said the attack was designed to avenge a “brutal massacre” in the town of Al Latamnah near Hama. Below is an excerpt from the statement, which was translated by the SITE Intelligence Group:
The soldiers of the al-Nusra Front, may Allah grant it glory, knew about that, and the horses of jihad were issued the call…
The military regiment that carried out the massacre stayed between the village of M’ardas and the city of Tibat al-Imam, both of which are close to the city of Hama. They were in a two-floor restaurant called Qatrul Nada, and the number of elements there were about 350 criminals, while the rest of the forces were distributed around the restaurant. On Friday night, 20/4/2012, with grace from Allah the Almighty, an explosives-laden vehicle was prepared and it was driven by the heroic martyrdom-seeker Abu Bakr al-Hamawi, may Allah accept him – whose last words were: “The tyrant Bashar and his henchmen should know that this act will not pass without retaliation from the respectable ones…,”
The Al Nusrah Front has now claimed credit for three suicide attacks in Syria, including the April 27 suicide bombing in Damascus that killed 11 people and wounded 28 more, as well as the April 24 bombing outside the Iranian Cultural Consulate. For more information on the terror group, see LWJ report, Al Nusrah Front claims credit for suicide bombing in Damascus.