Saturday, September 29, 2007

Radical Syrian Cleric Shot Dead

Gulf News - A Syrian cleric suspected of recruiting militants for Iraq has been shot dead in the northern city of Aleppo, his aides have said.

Shaikh Mahmoud Abu Al Qaqaa was shot to death several times as he left the Imam Mosque after Friday prayers.

The gunman, who tried to flee the scene of the shooting, has been arrested. One of his aides said that "terrorists" killed the cleric for his "nationalist positions".

Al Qaqaa was popular with radical Islamist followers in Syria because of his anti-American sermons.

In June 2006, authorities have found CDs of Al Qaqaa's sermons in which he called for US forces in the Middle East to be slaughtered "like cattle".