A Takfiri mufti of the so-called Islamic State (IS or Daesh) has been killed in Iraq by the country’s armed forces, says an Iraqi news site quoting an Iraqi military commander.
“Daesh mufti Abu Osama Al-Qahtani was killed inside a building in Baiji, Tikrit, along with four of his assistants in an air raid that targeted an IS meeting,” Lt. Gen. Ali Al-Freiji, commander in Salahuddin province, was quoted by Waradana as saying.
Al-Qahtani apparently succeeded another Saudi, Othman Al-Asiri, as mufti of the extremist Islamic State after Al-Asiri was killed in Syria last year.
Al-Asiri, who had a Ph.D. in jurisprudence, was previously fired from the faculty of King Khalid University in Abha for sympathizing with the Al-Qaeda network. Al-Asiri had also been previously arrested in the Kingdom for killing seven people in a car accident.
Sources said Al-Asiri had joined IS terrorist group and had held several training sessions for group members in Aleppo and Latakia prior to his death.
Earlier reports said a number of Saudi militants have abandoned the so-called Islamic State after they were disillusioned with the group’s activities.
Known previously as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the terrorist group had been engaged in a deadly rivalry with other Takfiri groups triggering insurgency in Syria and Iraq.