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Hajj Umar, al- (äl-häj o͞omärˈ) or Hajj Omar (ōˈmär), 1797–1864, Muslim religious and military leader in W Africa. A chieftain of the large Tukulor tribe of Senegal, he desired to convert the pagan tribespeople of the W Sudan. Declaring a holy war in 1852, he used modern weapons against the Africans. In several engagements (1857–59) against the French in Senegal, he was repulsed. Thereafter he turned eastward, conquering the kingdoms of Segu and Massina and sacking Timbuktu. He was killed in 1864 while attempting to put down a revolt by the Fulanis, a Muslim group living in Massina. Bitter quarrels over his domain by his sons weakened it, and in 1890 it was annexed by the French.
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The soldier who was killed was identified as Omar Hajj Omar. The security source added that one of the six wounded soldiers was in critical condition.
DAMASCUS, (SANA) Media figure, Syrian TV broadcaster and presenter Ahmad Hajj Omar, who passed away following several days of struggling against severe brain hemorrhaging, was laid to rest on Tuesday, escorted to his final resting place by his family and colleagues.
In turn, Chairman of the Journalist Union Elias Murad said that with the passing of Hajj Omar, Syrian media lost a prominent media figure who served his country and fulfilled his duty to the fullest.
Heading the delegation had been Hajj Omar al-Masri, who relayed Al-Jam al-Islamiya's support to Rifi's efforts ensuring top notch performance by the ISF.
A year earlier, a popular driver, Hajj Omar, had been martyred by a sniper's bullet while driving the same bus.(54)