A British sniper reportedly shot at an ISIS militant from a distance of about 1,000 meters, or 3,280 feet, saving a Shia father and son who were about to be beheaded by the militant group.
The incident occurred last month near the Syria-Turkey border, where members from the British Special Air Service (SAS) were covertly patrolling the area, according to the Daily Star.
An Iraqi spy alerted SAS forces to a public trial held by ISIS members in the outskirts of a village, and the SAS unit assumed their positions.
The unit called in its sniper to take the long and risky shot at their target in an attempt to avoid civilian deaths.
“Through binoculars the soldiers could see that the crowd were terrified and many were in tears,” an anonymous source told the Daily Star.
The source also said that a man and a young boy were kneeling in front of a man with a long knife. Next to them were two ISIS militant armed with AK-47s.
The SAS sniper shot at the executioner first, leaving the crowd confused and in awe.
“The sniper then dispatched the two henchmen with single shots–three kills with three bullets.”
A person from the crowd ran to where the father and son were, and proceeded to untie them and take their blindfolds off.
The Ministry of Defense said they could not confirm or deny the incident, according to Yahoo News UK.
British Special Forces have been in Syria for nearly a year working on missions against ISIS. Early this year, SAS soldiers joined US Special Forces to aid in a mission to assassinate a senior Islamic State commmander, according to the Daily Mail.
Sources: Daily Star, Yahoo News UK, Daily Mail
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