A British sniper is being hailed as a hero after killing four Daesh militants with a single bullet, as they reportedly prepared to execute 12 hostages with a flamethrower.
The SAS marksman sent a bullet flying into a fuel tank from roughly 1,500 metres away, with the explosion killing the executioner and three other jihadis filming the execution.
The sniper, armed with a Barrett .50 calibre rifle, targeted the flamethrower’s fuel tank with the ‘life-saving shot’, causing it to explode.
It’s believed the executioner had been on British and U.S. special forces’ ‘kill list’ for months and was understood to have regularly burnt prisoners alive, who himself turned into a ‘huge fireball’ when the shot was fired, witnesses claim.
It’s believed all of the hostages escaped alive, The Daily Star reports.
A source told the newspaper:
The executioner gave some sort of rambling speech over a loud hailer then when he finished the SAS sniper opened fire. The bullet struck the fuel container and it exploded immediately. He was incinerated and several of his henchmen were also killed.
The sniper, who remains anonymous, was allegedly part of a British and U.S. special forces team who were tracking ‘high-value’ so-called Islamic State fighters in the country.
They received a tip off about the location of the executioner and tracked him down to a village near Raqqa, a Daesh stronghold in Syria.
He was preparing to murder around eight men and four women last month, before the sniper thwarted his barbaric plans.
The hostages were soon rescued by the special forces.