March 25, 2013
Col. Riad Asaad was reportedly injured in a car bomb that detonated in Deir a-Zor on Monday and is believed to have lost a leg.
The Free Syrian Army’s Eastern Front blamed the regime for “a low attempt to target Colonel Riad Asaad by planting an explosive in his car, as he made a tour through Deir E-Zor.”
Asaad is in stable condition after losing a leg in the blast, the statement said, adding that he is being treated outside Syria.
The targeting of Asaad comes just days after he endorsed Jabhat a-Nusra (see SAS News translation of the video statement here.)
“Jabhat a-Nusra are serious fighters,” Asaad said. “They don’t take orders from other states or submit to anyone.”