An Ottawa man is one of those who is reported to have been killed by sniper fire in Tripoli. The man has been identified as Nader Ben Raween.
According to media reports Nader Ben Raween left the safety of Canada to be with his parents in Tripoli during the civil war. It is speculated that Raween was with the rebels who stormed Gadhafi's Bab al-Azziziya compound Tuesday in Tripoli. During the battle Raween was shot in the head by a sniper.
One of his friend's in Ottawa, Haithan Alabadah, told the Ottawa Citizen that Ben Raween wanted to help rid their nation of Gadhafi.
Haithan Alabadah said, “This is like a cancer, Gadhafi is like a cancer in the country. He’s a disease. He wanted to get rid of the disease and then come back to Canada. He didn’t want to die.”
After arriving in Libya Raween took weapons training. He kept his Canadian friends up to date using social media networks.
Born in Edmonton while his father was in university Raween spent much of his childhood in Scotland. He began his university studies at the University of Tripoli. After completing his undergraduate degree he came home to Canada residing in Ottawa. Raween was employed in Ottawa as an IT worker for a computer company.