An Australian street preacher has reportedly been killed in a regime stronghold in Syria that has been a focal point of rebel fighting.
Abdul Salam Mahmoud maintained a strong social media presence while living in the town of Latakia and continually stressed that he was carrying out independent humanitarian work, rather than fighting with rebel forces.
However, he was outspoken in his support for Islamic State and called for sharia law and a ban on “free-mixing”.
He celebrated the Charlie Hebdo shootings in France and the Lindt cafe deaths in Sydney.
His pregnant wife posted on Facebook about her husband’s death, attracting an outpouring of messages from supporters in Sydney.
“You will be reunited in jannah [heaven] for eternity,” one friend wrote.