Sheikh Muhammad Adnan al-Afyouni, a prominent pro-government scholar, was assassinated near the Syrian capital Damascus.
An improvised explosive device, which had been planted under the Sheikh’s SUV, blew up in the late hours of October 22. The Sheikh was severally wounded in the attack and was pronounced dead short after by the Syrian state TV. The well-planned attacks took place near Al Sahabah Mosque in the northern Damascus suburb of Qudssaya.
Al-Afyouni was the Grand Mufti of Damascus and its countryside. The late Sheikh was also a chairman of the Awqaf Ministry’s Islamic Jurisprudence Council and the head of al-Sham International Islamic Center for Countering Extremism.
During the war, al-Afyouni played a key role in a number of reconciliation agreements between the government and Damascus rebels, especially in Eastern Ghouta and Darayya.
Thousands, including senior Syrian officials, attended the funeral of Sheikh al-Afyouni that was held in Damascus’ The Omayad Mosque on October 23,
No group has claimed responsibility for the assassination, thus far. Attacks on moderate Islamic figures are usually carried out by radical groups, like ISIS.
The assassination of Sheikh al-Afyouni was clearly meant as a message to the government as well as to moderate Islamic seculars throughout Syria.
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