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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2013 7:35 am | Updated: 12:12 am, Sun Jul 14, 2013.

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian activist group says al-Qaida-linked gunmen have killed a rebel commander in a coastal province in northwestern Syria.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant — which is a merged group made up of al-Qaida's branches in Iraq and Syria — were behind the shooting of the commander, Kamal Hamami, late on Thursday.

The Observatory says Hamami was shot dead after militants tried to remove a checkpoint he set up in the Jabal al-Akrad mountain in the coastal province of Latakia.

It says two of his men were seriously wounded in the shooting.

Activists have in the past reported occasional clashes between rebel groups and Islamic militants active in rebel-held areas.

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