The Saudi Saleh Muhammad 'Awadullah al-'Alawi al-'Oufi
صالح محمد عوض الله العلوي العوفي
) (d. 2005) was a member of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
(AQAP), and became the leader of that group when Abdel Aziz al-Muqrin
was killed in June 2004. Al-Oufi in turn was killed in August 2005, in Madinah
. One other suspect with al-Oufi was killed, and one wounded and captured. In a simultaneous raid in Riyadh
, four AQAP members were killed and one captured. These raids were made possible by the interception of mobile telephone transmissions.
During his 14 months as leader of AQAP, Al-Oufi wrote a few pieces for the al-Qaida online magazines Sawt al-Jihad and Mu'askar al-Battar, particularly about Iraq. A car bombing in Qatar, which killed one and wounded dozens, came two days after an instigation by al-Oufi (on a terrorist web forum) to attack "crusader" targets in the Gulf nations.
Al-Oufi has been variously described as a former policeman and a former prison guard. According to AQAP, he participated in some way in the fighting in Afghanistan.