Mohammad al-Zahawi’s death is said to have resulted from wounds sustained in a battle in October Libyan Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia has confirmed that its leader Mohammad al-Zahawi has died. In a statement, the group said “we mourn the death of the emir”, without giving further details. His death is thought to have resulted from wounds sustained in a battle with Libyan government troops in the eastern city of Benghazi last October. The group is blamed for the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, in which the US ambassador was killed. Three other Americans also died.