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SAS sniper reportedly saves father and son from brutal ISIS executioner

The SAS marksman saved the boy and his father with a head shot from approximately 1,000 metres away
The SAS marksman saved the boy and his father with a head shot from approximately 1,000 metres away

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.

Speaking to the Daily Star Sunday, one source said: "There were several decapitated bodies already lying on the ground.
"Through binoculars the soldiers could see that the crowd were terrified and many were in tears."
The man and his son were then dragged from the crowd and made to kneel in front of the militants.
"They were both wearing blindfolds and looked terrified.
"A tall bearded man emerged and drew a long knife.
"He began addressing the crowd and slapping the father and his son around the head and kicking them on to the floor.
"Standing either side of the executioner were two other ISIS fighters, both armed with AK47s."
The SAS marksman, using a .50 calibre sniper rifle fitted with a silencer, killed the executioner just in time, the publication reports. 
"The ISIS thug who was about to decapitate the father was shot in the head and collapsed," the source added. 
"Everyone just stared in confusion. The sniper then dispatched the two henchmen with single shots – three kills with three bullets.
"Someone from the crowd then ran over and untied the father and son’s hands and took their blindfolds off.
"They just stared at the bodies and then ran. They were last seen heading towards the Turkish border in a pick-up truck.
"It was a good day’s work."