The self-proclaimed ‘emir of Deir ez-Zor’ was killed alongside 40 other fighters, including high-ranking militants during an airstrike on a terrorist command bunker in the vicinity of the city of Deir ez-Zor, the ministry said on Friday.

“According to confirmed information, there were four influential field commanders, including ‘emir of Deir ez-Zor’ Abu-Muhammad al-Shimali, responsible for financing and smuggling new recruits to ISIS training camps,” the ministry said.

The “responsibilities” of the recently killed IS commander, according to the ministry, included transferring “IS terrorists through territories of Turkey, European, North Africa, Persian Gulf states and Australia.”

Apart from smuggling the recruits into Syria, al-Shimali was named by “several European intelligence agencies” as one of the organizers of the fatal November 2015 Paris attacks, the ministry added.

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