The ‘Daesh hunter’, as he’s called, has killed three high-level Islamic State operatives in just 10 days in the coastal city of Sirte, the hometown of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
According to the local media outlet Libya Prospect, the Daesh hunter's first victim was Hamad Abdel Hady aka Abu Anas Al-Muhajer, a Sudanese national and an Islamic State operative. He was also believed to be an official at the local Sharia court.
The sniper also killed two other top-level operatives — Abu Mohammed Dernawi on 19 January and Abdullah Hamad al Ansari, a Southern Libyan commander on 23 January as he was leaving the mosque, reported Mirror.
All the three times, the IS retaliated but in an unplanned manner firing wild shots to scare off the innocent civilians. International Business Times quoted a witness to one of the three murders as telling Al-wasat, a Bahraini newspaper, “A state of terror prevailed among the top ranks of the Isil ranks after his death. They randomly shot in the air to scare inhabitants, while searching for the sniper.”
The lone gunman theory
The lone gunman theory, so to speak, was initially proposed when John F Kennedy was assassinated. The Warren Commission reviewed the evidence and claimed the assassination involved a single gunman, who was ‘emotionally disturbed’. Now, we’re not sure of this vigilante's state of mind, but there is speculation that he is from Misrata, a city close to Sirte. It is also the city where, according to the International Business Times, a number of US operatives are thought to be active and where US airstrikes have killed IS militants.
First Published On : Feb 9, 2016 20:15 IST