A senior Libyan al-Qaeda commander was killed in northern Syria by rival jihadists.
A Libyan al-Qaeda militant was killed yesterday in Syria during a raid on his home by rival jihadists from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).
Social media accounts linked to al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria yesterday mourned the death of two senior foreign Jihadists saying that they were killed while resisting arrest by an HTS force. The sources identified the slain militants only by their jihadi aliases of Abu Dijana al-Libi and Safina Abu Abdurahman al-Tounisi.
The sources shared an audio message (below) attributed to al-Libi where he vowed to avenge an HTS attack against the wife of a fellow Libyan Jihadist named Abu Ahmed al-Libi.
The shared audio message depicted a male voice speaking in a Libyan dialect slamming HTS members as “pigs” and its leader, Abu Muhammed al-Julani, as a “coward” and “scum”.
The same sources claimed that the two jihadists were “wanted by the coalition forces”, adding that they were killed during an HTS raid on their home near a refugee camp in the Syrian town of Kafr Dariyan on the border with Turkey.
HTS, Syria’s main anti-government jihadi group, has been actively promoting itself as an anti-al-Qaeda group to retain international military support for the Syrian rebels in Idlib. This included seceding from al-Qaeda and cracking down on Hurras al-Din, the anti-Turkey branch of al-Qaeda in northern Syria.