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Sheikh Khaled Mohammad didn't hesitate as he confessed to sheltering notorious Salafist preacher Ahmad al-Assir, saying he only did so after being ordered by the Committee of Muslim Scholars.The security plan Mohammad referred to came in the wake of twin bombings that struck the Al-Taqwa and Al-Salam mosques in Tripoli, killing 42 and wounding 400 in 2013 . Court proceedings indicated he harbored Assir for an entire year, during which he was paid some $100,000 for upkeep. Assir's presence in Tripoli became burdensome, prompting the Committee of Muslim Scholars to ask Mohammad to find an alternate safe house away from the city. Assir was not alone; Mohammad also housed other militants such as "Abo Khaled". Mohammad denied heading or training armed groups associated with terrorist organizations such as Daesh (ISIS) or the Nusra Front.
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