It sounds like a scene straight out of an epic war thriller, but it’s actually what took place in a village near Raqqa, Syria, earlier this month. With a single round from his Barrett .50 calibre sniper rifle, an SAS marksman took out a feared ISIS executioner as he prepared to murder several hostages.
The henchman had a flame thrower aimed at the 12 prisoners from 1500m, when the British sniper successfully hit the fuel tank on his back, causing a huge fireball which incinerated him and three other jihadists who were standing nearby to film the execution.
A source told the Daily Star Sunday of the daring rescue operation:
“The SAS team moved into an overwatch position above a village where they were told the execution was going to take place. Up to 12 civilians were going to be murdered – eight men and four women. They were suspected of being spies. The executioner gave some sort of rambling speech over a loud hailer then when he finished the SAS sniper opened fire.”
According to Mail Online, shortly after the explosion, the prisoners – thought to be civilians – were freed by British and US special forces. Due to the executioner’s brutal method of slaughtering prisoners by burning them alive, he had been on a US “kill list” for several months.
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