Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims Assyrian fighter captured and murdered Isis jihadi in Hasakeh province
Isis militants in Syria: Hasakeh province, near the the Turkish border, has seen fierce fighting between Kurdish and Isis forces. Photograph: Medyan Dairieh/Zuma Press/Corbis
Agence France-Presse in Beirut
A Christian fighter in Syria has beheaded an Islamic State (Isis) militant to avenge people killed by jihadis in north-east Syria, a monitor said on Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the incident took place on Thursday in Hasakeh province, where Isis occupies large areas of the countryside.
According to the monitor, the Christian fighter – a member of the minority Assyrian community – found the Isis fighter in the local village of Tal Shamiram. “He took him prisoner and when he found out he was a member of Isis, the Assyrian fighter beheaded him in revenge for abuses committed by the group in the region,” Observatory spokesman Rami Abdel Rahman said.
The Observatory is based in Britain but has covered the Syrian conflict since it broke out four years ago thanks to a network of sources inside the country.
The Christian was fighting in the ranks of Kurdish forces who earlier this month drove Isis out of more than a dozen Assyrian villages the jihadis had captured in Hasakeh.
Isis has carried out a wave of abuses in areas it controls in both Syria and Iraq, including public beheadings, mass executions, enslavement and rape.