The most wanted jihadist in Tunisia, Seifallah Ben Hassine, also known as Abu-Eyad, may have been killed by a US air strike in Libya, two weeks prior to the attack in Sousse on the beachfront hotel which killed 38 people, ء 30 Britons, as per reports.
The veteran jihadist, Abu-Eyad, who in the 90s lived in Britain, worked under the notorious Al-Qaeda cleric Abu Qatada, he also battled alongside Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan. After he was released from prison in 2011 he established a master-group of hard-line Tunisian Islamists called Ansar Al-Shariya. He was forced to flee to Libya after the US declared Ansar Al-Shariya a terrorist group.
However, on the 14th of June, he was killed in an airstrike near a city in eastern Libya called Adjabiya according to the Tunisian radio station Mosaique FM and the New York Times, as stated by the Telegraph.
The main aim of the US air strikes was to kill Mokhtar Belmokhtar, who was an eminent leader in Al-Qaeda, he went by the names of the “one eyed sheikh” and “the untouchable” due to his many raids across the western Sahara.