Bonomade Machude Omar
Place of Birth: Cabo Delgado Province, Mozambique;
Bonomade Machude Omar (also known as Abu Sulayfa Muhammad, Abu Surakha, Abu Suraqa Suraqa Filho and Ibn Omar) is a Mozambican national and US-designated senior military commander of the Islamic State branch in Mozambique.
He has been responsible for attacks in Cabo Delgado Province, Mozambique, and Mtwara Region, Tanzania.
Omar leads the Military and External Affairs Department for insurgent group and coordinates the militant group’s attacks in northern Mozambique.
He also serves as the lead facilitator and communications conduit for the terrorist group.
Omar, along with Islamic State-Mozambique leader Abu Yasir Hassan, led groups of fighters during the two-day attack on Palma, northeast Mozambique on March 24, 2021.
He directed the attack on the Amarula hotel in Palma, a popular location for foreign contractors working on lucrative gas projects in the country. Witnesses claimed the attack was more akin to a “massacre.”
Given Omar’s role in leading an Islamist insurgency that has caused ongoing destruction to Mozambique and its neighboring countries, on August 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of State designated Omar as an SDFT and the U.S. Department of the Treasury designated Omar as an SDN.
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