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Militant wanted in killing of US ambassador in Benghazi killed today in Tripoli clashes

 

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

Militant “Mohamed Mohamed Mahmoud Ben Dardaf” (aka al-Babour) from the al-Samoud Brigade was killed Saturday in a clash against the Libyan National Army in the Tripoli International Airport Road. He was killed while fighting in the ranks of the Fayez al-Sarraj government under the leadership of the internationally sanctioned militant Salah Badi.

Ben Dardaf was mourned by several accounts on Facebook close to Ansar al-Sharia extremist organization, as well as a number of his colleagues who fled from Benghazi to Misurata. The so-called “Al-Wefaq Battalion”, which was recently founded by several former fighters of the “Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council” extremist organization, also announced the killing of al-Babour.

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Earlier this year, the military prosecutor had announced in a press conference a list of the names of a number of wanted persons involved in the case of the killing of the US ambassador Benghazi on September 11, 2012. Ben Dardaf was among those wanted.

According to some pro-Ansar al-Sharia Facebook accounts, Ben Dardafwas killed inside an armed vehicle after being hit by a missile.

The news of his killing was published by Zakaria al-Fakhri and Ali al-Rishi, the two extremist elements who fled Benghazi.

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Ben Dardaf was jailed in Abu Salim prison for a short time for his extremist ideology. He was then released in August 2011 after rebels entered Tripoli. In 2012, he was appointed coordinator of financial compensations provided by the government to former Abu Salim prisoners

His uncle Wissam al-Zaidi, is a former prisoner and is one of the founders of the Ansar al-Sharia terrorist organization in Sirte.

Ben Dardaf joined the Rafallah al-Sahati battalion and the forces of “Libya Shield 1” with the terrorist Wissam bin Hmaid. He participated with bin Hmaid in the “Black Saturday’ massacre, in which the “Libya Shield 1”  killed 41 young people in Benghazi suburb of Abudzira.

After the 2014 Operation Dignity, Ben Dardaf strengthened his relationship with Ansar al-Sharia along with other members of the Rafallah al-Sahati battalion and took part in fighting against the Libyan National Army in Benghazi before fleeing outside the city.

Later, Ben Dardaf moved to Misurata. At the end of October 2017, following a special American landing operation in which one of the suspects in the murder of the US ambassador was arrested, Ben Dardaf fled to Ajilat and then to Sabratha before he was killed on 25 May 2019 in clashes in Tripoli with the Libyan National Army.

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