SAS sniper reportedly saves father and son from brutal ISIS executioner
An SAS sniper reportedly saved the lives of a father and his young son from being violently executed by an ISIS militant.
The Daily Express reports the SAS marksman saved the eight-year-old boy and his father with a head shot from approximately 1,000 metres away. He was then able to take out two other ISIS militants who were present with two further head shots, the Express reports.
The man and his son were about to be brutally beheaded by the militant when the sniper intervened. The incident allegedly occurred in northern Syria near the border with Turkey where the militants had decreed the boy and his father were to executed for not renouncing their faith.
The pair were part of the minority Shia sect of Islam which ISIS considers to be heretical, and had been singled out for execution.
They were just seconds from death when the sniper was able to take out the executioner.
The dramatic rescue operation took place last month in the border town where an elite SAS unit had been conducting covert patrols.
Sources described how the discreet SAS unit moved into a position just outside the village where ISIS members were holding the 'trial' in front of a crowd of locals who had been forced to attend at gunpoint.