TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Dozens of terrorists were killed and injured when members of two rival foreign-sponsored militant groups operating in Syria’s north turned on each other and engaged in a fierce exchange of gunfire.

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The al-Qaeda-linked Hayat Levant Liberation Committee and the Turkey-backed Nour el-Din el-Zinki group blamed each other for triggering Tuesday's fighting in the northern province of Aleppo, AP reported.

Syria media reported that the al-Qaeda-linked militants captured the villages of Taqad, Saadiyah and Habata.

They added that fighting is ongoing in the town of Daret Azzeh.

The Levant Liberation Committee says Nour el-Din el-Zinki militants shot dead five people, including four of its militants, last week.

The clashes are the first between the two former allies since they reached a deal to end similar fighting in October.