Media close to the regime of the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, reported this evening, Thursday, that Sheikh Muhammad Adnan Afyouni, the Mufti of Damascus and its countryside, was killed due to what they said was an “explosive device”.
The Syrian news agency “SANA” said on its website: “Sheikh Muhammad Adnan Afiouni, the Mufti of Damascus and its countryside, was martyred after he was injured by the detonation of the explosive device in the town of Qudsaya in the countryside of the capital.”
The agency added: “The Ministry of Endowments mourned Sheikh Al-Afyouni, who was ascended to God a martyr after targeting his car in Qudsaya with a terrorist explosion that left as a result of an explosive device planted in it.”
Born in 1954 in the Syrian capital, Sheikh Muhammad Adnan Al-Afiouni assumed the position of Mufti of Damascus and its countryside in 2013, in the midst of the popular uprising that tore the country apart.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Al-Afiouni “was one of the most prominent clerics close to the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and he played a pivotal role in the conclusion and implementation of the settlement agreements that the government concluded with the opposition and fighting factions in the countryside of the capital.”
On September 12, 2016, Al-Assad performed the Eid Al-Adha prayer at the Saad bin Moaz Mosque in the city of Daraya, in a rare public appearance at the time, about three weeks after the Syrian army took control of the city following an agreement with the opposition factions in it after its siege for more than four years. .
And the mother of Al-Afyouni prayed at the time, and said in front of Assad and the worshipers: “Daraya, with her living example, calls all Syrians, you have no choice but to reconcile and leave the fight.”
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the opioid targeting. Similar incidents have become rare in Damascus, after government forces have managed, since 2018, to control neighborhoods in the capital that were under the control of ISIS, as well as Eastern Ghouta, which for years was the most prominent stronghold of the opposition factions near Damascus.
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