Qatari-backed Saudi extremist wanted by Riyadh escapes assassination attempt

A picture of his vehicle has been circulating on social media showing it unaffected by the explosion. (Supplied)

An extremist wanted on Saudi Arabia's anti-terror list has reportedly escaped an assassination attempt in Syria’s Idlib on Friday.

Saudi militant Abdullah al-Muhaysini is an extremist leader affiliated with and supported by Qatar was targeted by a bomb planted in his car, according to Ebaa news agency which is controlled by Tahrir al-Sham.

Other sources claimed that he was injured in the attack.

A picture of his vehicle has been circulating on social media showing it unaffected by the explosion. In the past, al-Muhaysini has been wounded several times due to shelling and fighting in northern Syria.

He also claimed tha he almost suffocated due to the chemical attack in Syria’s Khan Sheikhoun in early April last year.

Muhaysini’s relationship with Qatar began when he was an imam of a Qatari funded mosque in Mecca. He later lived in Qatar and in 2012 he participated in the second conference of the Association of Muslim Scholars in Doha.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52
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