Al-Qaeda leader Droukdel seeks religious opinion on terrorist activities
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb leader Abdelmalek Droukdel posted a letter on a renowned mufti's website seeking a fatwa to clarify "some religious issues", Echorouk reported on Tuesday (September 21st). In his letter, the al-Qaeda emir asserted that it was the first time that he had sought Cheikh Mohammed Al Moukaddessi's opinion.
Terrorism experts interviewed by the popular Algerian daily differed as to why Droukdel would contact the "spiritual father" of the terrorist organisation. Some say AQIM seeks to legitimise suicide and other attacks, while others suggest that Droukdel and his followers may be mulling repentance and reconciliation. The influential mufti has reportedly decried the killing of innocent civilians in the name of jihad.
In related news, an Algerian terrorist pursued for 15 years turned himself in to Algerian authorities on the second day of Eid al-Fitr, L'Expression and Ennahar reported on Tuesday (September 22nd). His family reportedly contacted Batna security services to arrange his surrender.
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