ISIS has had control of Sirte, Gadhafi’s birthplace, since last summer, and Libyan intelligence officials say there could be as many as 2,000 jihadists based in that city.
The terrorists have not only taken over the city, but have fought back against opponents through floggings and beheadings, and the mysterious sniper is said to be raising the morale of residents, who do not support the hardliners.
Locals reportedly were also thrilled when Hamad Abdel Hady, a Sudanese official placed in the ISIS Sharia court, was shot and killed by a sniper outside a hospital. Witnesses said ISIS fighters shot guns in the air while searching for the sniper in hopes of scaring the city’s inhabitants.
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Many believe the sniper to be a militia fighter from the city of Misrata, whose forces fought against ISIS for the control of Sirte before finally pulling out. The nearby city’s commanders claim to still have informants in Sirte, even though ISIS has been crucifying all those suspected of spying.
Still others, though, suspect the sniper could be a U.S. Special Forces agent as American intelligence is believed to be in the area.