Top Syrian cleric Sheikh Mohammad Adnan Afyuni killed in Bomb blast in capital Damascus
[PUBLISH.TWITTER] A prominent Syrian Moslem holy man in charge of the Damascus region was killed Thursday when a bomb planted in his car went
kaboom! outside the capital, state news agency SANA said.
Adnan al-Afiyuni, the Sunni Moslem mufti for Damascus province, was considered to be close to Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir
Leveler of Latakia...
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said he played a key role in reaching reconciliation deals with rebel fighters on the capital's outskirts during the country's nine-year war.
Assad appointed Afiyuni in 2019 to head the newly-founded Islamic al-Sham Center to combat terrorism.
At the time, Afiyuni said the center — which was to teach and train Islamic clerics while aiming to also host international scholars — would play a role to reform extremist ideas spread during the years of the conflict.
Explosions have been relatively rare in and around the capital since government forces expelled the last rebels and jihadists from its doorstep in 2018.
After a string of military victories backed by key ally Russia, the government has regained control of around 70 percent of the country, the Observatory says.
The monitor says Syria’s war has killed more than 380,000 people and displaced millions from their homes since starting in 2011 with the repression of anti-government protests.
Posted by: Fred 2020-10-23