'Mystery Sniper' Takes Out Another ISIS Militant

| by Zara Zhi
Neil Prakash.Neil Prakash.

Neil Prakash, a leading ISIS recruiter, has reportedly been killed by a mysterious “Daesh Hunter.”

Although ISIS confirmed the Australian's death, as of Jan. 31, the Australian government had not made a confirmation of the death. It is unclear where and when Prakash died, reports The Guardian.

So far in 2016, three ISIS leaders in Libya are believed to have been assassinated by a sniper, reports Libya Prospect.

The terrorist bosses were killed in former Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi's coastal hometown of Sirte, which was seized by ISIS in 2015.

The first leader killed was Hamad Abdel Hady, a Sudanese national, dubbed Abu Anas Al-Muhajer, reports Libya Prospect. The specifics of his Jan. 12 death are still unclear. Al-Muhajer is believed to have been an officer in the local Sharia court.

On Jan. 19, Abu Mohammed Dernawi was next in line to be killed near his house in the city. Abdullah Hamad al Ansari, a leader from southern Libya, was shot down as he left a mosque on Jan. 23, reports the Mirror.

Born in Australia, Prakash -- known as Abu Khaled al-Cambodi -- is thought to be the most recent terrorist leader killed by the "Daesh Hunter."

In 2013, he traveled to Syria from Melbourne and rapidly became a rising figure in the terrorist organization, according to the Mirror. He reportedly drafted many young, disenchanted people to come and fight for ISIS.

Prakash was featured in a disturbing propaganda video urging fellow Australians to join ISIS and rise up against their government. He is also cited in an ISIS recruitment manual as a main point of contact for potential members. 

The office of Australia's Attorney General George Brandis said the Australian government "cannot confirm reports of the death of Neil Prakash at this time because of the serious security situation in Syria and Iraq."

In June 2015 Prakash was given a series of financial sanctions by the Australian government. Anyone providing him with “material support” could face up to 10 years in prison.

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop told parliament that she had "sought to commission violent terrorist acts, including in Australia, and to recruit others, including young Australian women and girls, to travel to Syria and Iraq to join the Daesh terrorists."

The sudden deaths of Al-Muhajer, Dernawi, al Ansari and Prakash strengthen the legend surrounding the enigmatic gunman nicknamed the “Daesh Hunter.”

One source said the hunter has caused a "state of terror" within ISIS ranks, reports the Mirror. Extremists "randomly shot in the air to scare inhabitants" while searching for the sniper, the source added.

The mysterious sniper has become somewhat of a hero to those living in cities occupied by ISIS, according to the Mirror.

Sources: Mirror, Libya Prospect, The Guardian / Photo credit: Mirror

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