DAMASCUS: Russia's Aerospace Forces launched a surgical assault against the rebranded Al Nusra Front terrorist group, killing 49 fighters including seven leaders, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Russia's Aerospace Forces killed 49 militants, including seven Nusra Front terrorist group leaders, in a precision strike in Syria, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

"As a result of a precision strike by a Su-34 bomber, 49 militants were eliminated, including seven leaders of militant groups of al-Nusra's 'eastern sector'," Konashenkov said.

"The destruction by the Russian Aerospace Forces of Jabhat al-Nusra's command and the coma… of leader Abu Muhammad al-Julani caused confusion among terrorists throughout the province of Idlib."