Wearing a white Renault car is a middle-aged man and a young woman. Both are dead. At least four shots were fired at them; the other hit a passing car. The Iranian News Agency stated that the two attackers had been riding motorcycles.
A witness told a local reporter: “Someone told us that there was a shooting incident. We went to the scene and saw that they were shot. Two of them were shot.”
Within a few hours, the semi-official Iranian news agency reported the murder of a Lebanese scholar, Habib Dawood, who was linked to Lebanese Hezbollah and its daughter Maryam. There was no explanation for the murder, and no reports of arrests.
The story ended here, and until mid-October there was a series of activities on obscure social media, claiming that the victim was not a Lebanese, but one of the most important figures in Al-Qaida-Abu Mohammed al. -Masri, and his daughter Miriam are the widows of Osama bin Laden̵
The original report on the mysterious Dawood seems doubtful, because there is no record of the Lebanese scholar Habib Dawood, nor anyone with a similar spelling. There was no eulogy for Lebanon or his daughter. The Lebanese Hezbollah media has no way to verify the identity of the victim.
In mid-October, a Twitter account called “AnbaJassim”-said to be a freelance writer in the United Arab Emirates, posted a note suggesting that this was the killing of Al-Masri and his daughter.
Anba Jassim said that he had asked jihadist veterans of the Afghan War, “Their response confirmed to me that the victims were Abu Mohamed Masri” and his 27-year-old daughter.
Two weeks later, an organization called Shamshad News called itself the Afghan radio and television news media. The organization also claimed that al-Masri was killed in Tehran. But the Iranian authorities remained silent.
On Friday, a senior counter-terrorism official told CNN that “Abu Mohamed Masri is probably dead.”
The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office declined to comment on this report. Saeed Khatibzadeh, spokesperson for the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in a statement that Washington and Tel Aviv “lied” to “describe Iran as having links to these terrorist organizations.”
Khatibzad added: “The media must not be a forum for spreading and spreading the White House’s deliberately fabricated lies against Iran.”
The death of Al-Masri (whose real name is Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah) deprived Al-Qaida of one of the best planners and most experienced agents. The 57-year-old Egyptian is widely regarded as the mastermind behind the attacks on the US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam on August 7, 1998-22 years after the shooting in Tehran.
According to documents recovered from Afghanistan in 2001 by US investigators, Al-Masri is a member of Al-Qaida’s “charter”.
After the 9/11 attacks and Al Qaeda’s expulsion from Afghanistan, Al Qaeda moved to Tehran along with others in Al Qaeda and spent many years in prison or under house arrest. Around 2005, his daughter Mariam married Hamza bin Laden (both teenagers at the time) in the Tehran compound, and the Al Qaeda contingent was detained. The footage of the incident was later found in the Abbottabad compound. Six years later, Osama bin Laden was killed by the US military and released by the CIA in 2017.
According to Ali Soufan, a former FBI investigator and an expert on the organization, Al-Masri rejected Iran’s offer to return to Egypt. In 2015, he was released by Iran as part of a deal reached by Iran to win the freedom of Iranian diplomats kidnapped by Al Qaeda in Yemen.
The United States clearly considers Masri to be a serious and continuing threat, increasing the bounty for information from him and another al-Qaeda leader Sef Adel from $5 million to $10 million in 2018. Doubled.
Soufan wrote in the Sentinel magazine of the Center for Combating Terrorism last year: “Throughout the existence of Al Qaeda, no matter how al Qaeda develops, Abu Mohamed Masri has always been at the forefront of change. According to Zawa The Hiree Party is in serious danger. Sadly, the organization may only be on the verge of a second leadership transfer in its history.
He told CNN on Saturday, “Al Qaeda has lost a founding father and the most experienced and capable action planner.”
Sofan said that his death on August 7th, the anniversary of the 1998 attack, was “poetic justice.”