Mosul (IraqiNews.com) A senior Sudanese member of the Islamic State has been killed during recent offensives by Iraqi forces designed to clear of Mosul from militants, media sources said.
Ali Abdel-Ma’arouf (aka Abu al-Asbat Al-Sudani), was the head of the group’s prisons and a top legislator for the extremist group in Mosul, according to Sudan Tribune.
“According to the sources, Abdel-Ma’arouf’s family has set up a mourning tent in Shambat suburb in Khartoum North to receive condolences on the death of their son,” the website said.
Al-Sudani had joined the group in Iraq two years earlier, becoming a leading trainer for jihadists on martial arts and weapons, being a former player and trainer of Shinjimasu Karate, according to Sudan Tribune.
Sudan’s Ministry of Interior said in 2015 that nearly 70 Sudanese joined IS in Libya and Syria.
The paper says that experts, however, put the number at as high as 150, with 35 killed in Iraq and Syria and 20 in Libya.
Early July, Islamic State lost its previously proclaimed capital in Iraq, Mosul, to U.S.-backed Iraqi forces, Government troops continue to comb the city for sleeper cells, wrapping up more than eight months of operations to retake the city. The group maintains a few other smaller havens in four other provinces.