Mohamed Niss

Mohamed Niss

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Omar Refaai Sorour

Omar Refaai Sorour, the central religious ideologue of Darnah’s Mujahedeen Shura Council and Egypt’s most wanted terrorist in Libya, was killed last night in Darnah during a raid by the Libyan National Army (LNA).

He was accompanied by three Libyan leaders of the Mujahedeen forces two of whom were killed in the same raid: Abdussalam Awwami (aka Abu Omar) and Abu Zaid al-Shelwi. The third militant who was identified as Abdulhamid Barkah (aka Abu Maryam) is understood to have been seriously wounded. The raid took place in a small residential area in downtown Darnah, a city which until last month was widely perceived as al-Qaeda’s capital in Libya.

Several al Qaeda-linked heavyweights from across the globe have mourned his death in a series of passionate eulogies. Hani al-Saba'i, a prominent jihadi figure with known ties to al-Qaeda who also runs the UK-based al-Maqrizi Center for Historical Studies, was among the first to mourn Sorour in a statement recalling his jihadi career as well as those of his father, older brother and two brothers-in-law.

Omar al-Haddouchi, the Moroccan jihadi preacher best known as the mentor of Islamic State’s late religious judge, Turki al-Binali, has also mourned Sorour and his comrades. A similar eulogy was published on Telegram by Abdullah al-Muhaysini, the Saudi jihadi cleric.

Last night’s successful raid was part of a military operation launched last month by the LNA to reclaim the city from the Mujahedeen forces. The LNA now controls most of the city except for two residential areas near the city centre where a few dozen fighters of the Mujahedeen are still holding out. A statement made yesterday by LNA’s Operations Command said the campaign will be concluded by Eid al-Fitr, which is expected to fall on Friday, 15 June.