Wanted for US ambassador murder in Benghazi, killed in fighting south of Tripoli – Al Marsad

Libya, 26 May 2019Mohamed Ben Dardaf, aka Babur, was killed Saturday in fighting on the Tripoli airport road. He was fighting in the GNA’s Somoud Brigade, led by Salah Badi.

His obituary was posted in several Facebook pages close to Ansar al-Sharia as well as in those  his relatives who fled from Benghazi to Misrata, and those belonging to the so-called Wefaq brigade, founded recently and which includes combatants from the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shoura Council fighting alongside the Somoud Brigade. Both Zakaria al-Fakhri and Ali al-Rishi, who also fled from Benghazi, posted an obituary for Ben Dardaf.

According to a number of them, he was killed in an armed vehicle which was hit by a missile. Both Zakaria al-Fakhri and Ali al-Rishi, who also fled from Benghazi, posted an obituary for Ben Dardaf.

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

Ben Dardaf was imprisoned in Abu Sleem prison by the Qaddafi regime for a short period because of his radical Takfiri beliefs. He was freed in August 2011 following the arrival of the anti-Qaddafi opposition forces in Tripoli.  He supervised the ex-Abu Salim prisoners’ compensation file in 2012. His uncle, Wissam al-Zaidi, was also a former prisoner and a founder of Ansar al-Sharia in Sirte.

Ben Dardaf, along with Al-Qaeda supporters, was accused of taking part in the attack on the US mission in Benghazi, which happened on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, which killed the US ambassador Chris Stevens and three other US diplomatic staff.

Ben Dardaf joined the Rafallah al-Sahati battalion and the Libya Shield No. 1 Brigade with leading terrorist Wissam Ben Hamid and participated with him on the Black Saturday massacre on 8 June 2013 in which 41 protesters demanding the brigade quit its headquarters in city’s Abudazira district were shot dead. After the start of Operation Dignity, Ben Dardaf consolidated his relationship with Ansar al-Sharia along with other elements of the Rafallah al-Sahati battalion. He took part in fighting against the LNA in Benghazi before finally being forced to flee the city.

He later moved to Misrata and at the end of October 2017, following an American special forces raid in which another of the suspects in the murder of the US ambassador was arrested, he fled to Ajilat, and then to Sabratha.

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