Mohamed Niss

Mohamed Niss

Still on the Loose: Libya’s Most Dangerous Jihadists - Part II
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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The militant featured in famous photos released by the Islamic State in January 2016 burning the Libyan flag in Benghazi’s Sabri district, was killed in recent clashes with the Libyan National Army, The Libya Times can reveal.

Photos released by the Islamic State in January 2016 of a masked militant burning the Libyan flag in Benghazi’s Sabri district

He was identified after the photo below appeared in Jihadi social media posts mourning his death. We can confirm that his name is Omar Zakaria Omar Ahraib, a resident of Sabri district. Sources from Sabri have verified his identity and said he was on wanted lists by the city’s security agencies for murdering two army officers - Omar Atlouba and Tarek Ahraib – the latter being his own uncle.

It is understood that he died from wounds suffered during clashes with the LNA in the western Benghazi suburb of Ganfoudah.

Security sources told this website that Ahraib was on a terror watch list as member of Ansar al-Sharia and is believed to have pledged allegiance to the Islamic Sate between 2015 and 2016.

He resurfaced on social media in recent weeks after the photo below was found in a mobile phone of one of the militants killed in clashes with the LNA in Sabri. This may indicate that Islamic State fighters are among the remaining pockets resisting the LNA in Sabri. 

Like the case with most radicalized youth, Ahraib had a younger brother (pictured below) named Mouad who was killed on 16 January 2016 in Benghazi during clashes with the LNA.

Mouadh Zakaria Omar Ahraib in Benghazi (left)
and in Turkey (right). Source: Facebook