Jihadists tweet photo allegedly showing deceased Ansar al Sharia leader

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Earlier today, published reports cited family members of Mohamed al Zahawi, the leader of Ansar al Sharia in Benghazi, as saying that Zahawi had succumbed to injuries sustained during fighting last year. Zahawi’s death had been rumored for months, but there was never any confirmation. His family told the press that he had been hospitalized since receiving his wounds. A Libyan military official said that Zahawi had been seriously wounded during fighting in September 2014. You can read our coverage here.

More evidence of Zahawi’s demise has surfaced online. Jihadists have posted a photo, shown above, that allegedly shows Zahawi after his death.

Thomas Joscelyn is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Senior Editor for FDD's Long War Journal.

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1 Comment

  • Jesus Kristi says:

    Good to see him dead, I hope his family suffers much more pain than his done to other innocent lives. NO condolence at all. Cry, because you HAVE a reason to. All of these wothles scumbags will have the same fate. They are not human beings. Thumbs up!


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