Syria’s state media and the federal government say a roadside bombing has killed a senior Syrian cleric who performed a key position in authorities offers with insurgent fighters
The explosion that killed Damascus Mufti Adnan Afiouni occurred within the city of Qudsaya, west of the capital of Damascus. It was not recognized who planted the roadside bomb and no group instantly claimed accountability for the assault.
The cleric was first reported wounded after which declared lifeless quickly after.
Syria’s ministry of non secular endowment, or Awqaf, introduced Afiouni’s loss of life, calling it a terrorist act. Damascus and its suburbs have largely been freed from violence or assaults as the federal government tightened its management of the world, expelling insurgent fighters.
Afiouni had been a key determine within the authorities’s so-called reconciliation offers with rebels and opposition-held areas.
He was one of many mediators of the 2016 deal below which insurgent fighters in Daraya, a key city in Damascus suburbs, surrendered after a four-year grueling siege and army marketing campaign. The insurgent fighters and remaining residents have been evacuated to the northwestern province of Idlib and authorities forces entered the destroyed city in 2016.
After the evacuation, Afiouni led prayers within the city, attended by Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Daraya was one of many first cities to stage a protest in opposition to Assad’s authorities in 2011. The protests have been met with a violent authorities crackdown, and the disaster ultimately descended right into a full-blown civil struggle that has devastated Syria and left thousands and thousands homeless, displaced, imprisoned or lifeless.
Assad described his opponents, together with those that carried arms, as terrorists and empowered Islamic clerics and the ministry of Awqaf to play a key position in combatting extremism. Assad appointed Afiouni in 2019 to move the newly-founded Islamic al-Sham Middle to fight terrorism.
On the time, Afiouni stated the middle — which was to show and prepare Islamic clerics whereas aiming to additionally host worldwide students — would play a job to reform extremist concepts unfold through the years of the battle.