Oqab al-Otaibi

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Oqab Al-Otaibi
Born 1987 (age 30–31)
Saudi Arabia
Nationality Saudi Arabia
Known for Alleged to be a Daesh leader

Oqab Al-Otaibi is an individual Saudi Arabia placed on a list of most wanted suspected terrorists.[1][2][1][2] The Saudi government had offered a large reward for information that helped with his apprehension. He was suspected in playing a role in the bombing of the Special Emergency Forces’ Mosque in Asir; in the shooting of worshippers at the Al-Mustafa Mosque in Al-Dalwa; participating in terror activities of the Darmaa cell; and murdering Brigadier Katab Majed Katab Al-Hamadi Al-Otaibi.

Al-Otaibi was arrested in early May 2016.[1] Two confederates, Abdulaziz Ahmed Mohammed Al-Bakri Al-Shihri and Yasser Yousef Ali Al-Houdi, were killed during the firefight where he as captured. According to Arab News Al-Otaibi was wearing a suicide belt, like his confederates, but his nerve failed him, and he fled, rather than kill himself, only to be captured a day later.[3] [3][4]

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Arab News reported that a raid security officials conducted on May 6, 2016, was related to Al-Otaibi's capture and interrogation.[6][6]

A January 10, 2017, Al Arabiya reported al-Otaibi had recently been killed.[7][7] The report said he met with a new Daesh recruit, Tayea Salem Yaslam al-Sayari, in 2014, and that al-Sayari, formerly an engineering student, became his cell's bomb-maker. Al-Otaibi education only went as far as intermediate school.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Mohammed al-Sulami (2016-05-02). "Most wanted Saudi terrorist in police net". Arab News (Jeddah). http://www.arabnews.com/news/most-wanted-saudi-terrorist-police-net. Retrieved 2018-09-26. "The arrested suspect, Oqab Al-Otaibi, is defendant number 5 on the ministry’s wanted list of nine suspects, which was announced early in February." 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "One arrested, two killed as Saudi police foil terror attack". Al Arabiya. 2016-05-01. https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/05/01/Saudi-Arabia-arrests-terrorist-behind-Abha-mosque-bombing.html. Retrieved 2018-09-26. "During a press conference, Ministry of Interior spokesman Major General Mansour Al-Turki said Otaibi had remained at large for some time for his involvement in the attack on worshippers at Al-Mustafa mosque in Al-Dalwa village on Nov. 3, 2014." 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Bisha terrorist is a mine of information". Arab News (Abha, Saudi Arabia). 2016-05-05. http://www.arabnews.com/news/bisha-terrorist-mine-information. Retrieved 2018-09-26. "Prior to carrying out his attack, Al-Otaibi chose not to detonate the explosives on his person as his nerves failed, so he turned himself in." 
  4. Raissa Kasolowsky (2016-05-01). "Saudi Arabia kills two militant suspects in southwest, arrests third". Reuters (Dubai). https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-security-islamic-state-idUSKCN0XS1EJ. Retrieved 2018-09-26. "A third suspect, named as Oqab al-Otaibi, escaped the scene and was arrested the following day." 
  5. "Security Spokesman: Most Wanted Was Arrested 24 Hours After His Two Companions Were Killed 2 Riyadh". Saudi Press Agency. 2016-05-01. https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1496098. Retrieved 2018-09-26. "Brigadier Atia said that the orders and instructions to the arrested Oqab were from Daash agents in Syria that he creates a base for terrorist operations management in Dhurma, where Dhurma was a factory for the manufacture of explosive belts and explosives and training of field suicide bombers." 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Terror cells busted in Jeddah, Makkah raids". Arab News. 2016-05-06. http://www.arabnews.com/news/terror-cells-busted-jeddah-makkah-raids. Retrieved 2018-09-26. "It is believed that the Makkah cell is linked to Oqab Al-Otaibi, a suspect arrested recently in connection with the Daesh cell that carried out a suicide attack on a mosque used by members the Special Emergency Forces in Asir in August 2015." 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "How did this Saudi student abroad become an ISIS suicide belt-maker". Al Arabiya. 2017-01-10. https://english.alarabiya.net/en/features/2017/01/10/How-did-this-Saudi-student-abroad-become-an-ISIS-suicide-belt-maker-.html. Retrieved 2018-09-26. "Sayari, in his 30s, who failed his studies in engineering in New Zealand, went straight to Syria in 2014 to join the fighting. He then left Syria and headed to Turkey and then on to Sudan using a fake passport. While in Sudan, he met with Oqab al-Otaibi, one of the most wanted men who was recently killed in Saudi. From Sudan, he headed to Yemen and then entered Saudi illegally." 

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  1. "How did this Saudi student abroad become an ISIS suicide belt-maker". Al Arabiya. 2017-01-10. https://english.alarabiya.net/en/features/2017/01/10/How-did-this-Saudi-student-abroad-become-an-ISIS-suicide-belt-maker-.html. Retrieved 2018-09-26. "Sayari, in his 30s, who failed his studies in engineering in New Zealand, went straight to Syria in 2014 to join the fighting. He then left Syria and headed to Turkey and then on to Sudan using a fake passport. While in Sudan, he met with Oqab al-Otaibi, one of the most wanted men who was recently killed in Saudi. From Sudan, he headed to Yemen and then entered Saudi illegally." 
  2. "One arrested, two killed as Saudi police foil terror attack". Al Arabiya. 2016-05-01. https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/05/01/Saudi-Arabia-arrests-terrorist-behind-Abha-mosque-bombing.html. Retrieved 2018-09-26. "During a press conference, Ministry of Interior spokesman Major General Mansour Al-Turki said Otaibi had remained at large for some time for his involvement in the attack on worshippers at Al-Mustafa mosque in Al-Dalwa village on Nov. 3, 2014." 
  3. "Bisha terrorist is a mine of information". Arab News (Abha, Saudi Arabia). 2016-05-05. http://www.arabnews.com/news/bisha-terrorist-mine-information. Retrieved 2018-09-26. "Prior to carrying out his attack, Al-Otaibi chose not to detonate the explosives on his person as his nerves failed, so he turned himself in." 
  4. "Terror cells busted in Jeddah, Makkah raids". Arab News. 2016-05-06. http://www.arabnews.com/news/terror-cells-busted-jeddah-makkah-raids. Retrieved 2018-09-26. "It is believed that the Makkah cell is linked to Oqab Al-Otaibi, a suspect arrested recently in connection with the Daesh cell that carried out a suicide attack on a mosque used by members the Special Emergency Forces in Asir in August 2015." 
  5. Mohammed al-Sulami (2016-05-02). "Most wanted Saudi terrorist in police net". Arab News (Jeddah). http://www.arabnews.com/news/most-wanted-saudi-terrorist-police-net. Retrieved 2018-09-26. "The arrested suspect, Oqab Al-Otaibi, is defendant number 5 on the ministry’s wanted list of nine suspects, which was announced early in February."