(Reuters) A Syrian rebel commander has been shot dead in the Jordanian capital in the first such incident on the kingdom’s territory since the start of the conflict in Syria in 2011, a police source said on Saturday.

Maher Rahal, 27, who headed the Liwa al-Mujahideen Brigade, one of dozens of rebel formations battling President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in southern Syria, was shot five times in a residential area of the capital late on Friday.

He had entered Jordan only last week on a family visit.

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