A British sniper took out a feared ISIS executioner as he prepared to murder several hostages by shooting a fuel tank on his back and incinerating him (stock image)
A source told the Daily Star Sunday how the rescue operation took place in a tiny village near Raqqa, Syria, earlier this month.
Shortly after the explosion, the prisoners – thought to be civilians – were freed by British and US special forces.
The ISIS executioner killed in the mission is said to have been on a US ‘kill list’ for several months, due to his method of slaughtering prisoners by burning them alive.
The source told the newspaper: “The SAS team moved into an overwatch position above a village where they were told the execution was going to take place.
The SAS marksman fired a single round from his Barrett .50 calibre sniper rifle at the terrorist, who was about to use a flame thrower to kill 12, from 1,500m (stock image)
“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.’
The rescue comes a few months after another SAS sniper took out two ISIS car bombers with a single shot when they were driving towards their target in Libya.
The heroic sharpshooter saved hundreds of lives by hitting the driver in the head with a deadly shot from 1,000m.
The bullet went through the driver’s skull and lodged in the passenger’s neck, killing them both.
The jihadis were transporting a massive bomb to Tripoli where they planned to detonate it in a packed market, intelligence revealed.