In light of reports that the mastermind of last week’s twin suicide attacks in Tunis was killed in Hay al-Intilaka last night as well as the fact that security services found weapons related to the attacks at al-Ghufran Mosque in Hay al-Intilaka. This is because this mosque in particular was an Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia-controlled mosque when the group was active from 2011-2014. Therefore, it is worthwhile exploring what Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia did there to illustrate the network they had and how it is possible there are still those within this neighborhood that were exposed to AST and still sympathize with the jihadi cause. It is also noteworthy that the person who helped plan the Bardo and Sousse attacks from Libya, Shams al-Din Bin ‘Abd al-Rahman Bin al-Sharif al-Sandi, is originally from Hay al-Intilaka.
Sampling of Ansar al-Sharia Activities in Hay al-Intilaka
December 23, 2012: Second Dawa Tent
March 28-29, 2013: Knowledge Session With ‘Atif al-Dhawadi (On aqidah: “al-Qawa’id al- ‘Arbaa’ (The Four Foundations of Shirk)” by Muhammad Ibn ‘Abd al-Wahab. After maghrib prayers to after asha prayers)
March 30, 2013: Seventh Dawa Forum (Title: “They Are Supporters of God”. Speaker: Sayf al-Din al-Rayyis, Bilal Bilhasan, and ‘Abd al-Rahman. After Asr prayers. At the bus station.
April 16, 2013: Dawa Tours in Cafes
April 22, 2013: Cleaning Campaign at al-Ghufran Mosque
May 25, 2013: Helping Needy Families
June 5, 2013: Lecture by ‘Atif al-Matiri at al-Ghufran Mosque between maghrib and asha prayers. “The Call of God Remains”
June 4, 2013: Cleaning Campaign
June 15, 2013: Lecture by Abu ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Maliki at al-Ghufran Mosque between maghrib and asha prayers. Title: “Let Me Pray.”
June 17, 2013: Qur’anic Memorization Session at al-Ghufran Mosque. Title: “Spring of Our Hearts”. Memorizing Part 1 and 2 of the Qu’ran.
June 23, 2013: Lecture by Sufyan al-Thawri between maghrib and asha prayers at al-Ghufran Mosque. Title: “The Height of Mercy.”
June 30, 2013: Helping Needy Families
July 25, 2013: Iftar Campaign
October 25-27, 2013: Open Session with the Committee of Mosques in Intilaka at al-Ghufran Mosque. Speakers: Shaykh Muhammad al-Fazani, talking on ‘Revealing the Suspicions’. From maghrib to asha prayers.