An Assyrian Christian fighter beheaded a member of Islamic State (IS or ISIS) in northeast Syria Thursday to avenge recent killings by the group, a monitor said Friday.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a British-based monitoring group that has been covering the civil war since the outset, the fighter was part of a coalition of Kurdish and Christian forces that have been battling ISIS.
“He took him prisoner and when he found out he was a member of IS, the Asyrian fighter beheaded him in revenge for the abuses committed by the group in the region,” SOHR chief Rami Abdel Rahman said, as reported by Yahoo.
The coalition of fighters has driven ISIS forces out of a number of Syrian villages over recent weeks. But the Islamic militants carried out large-scale destruction before they fled.
ISIS reportedly blew up a Christian church in the village of Tal Nasri, resulting in the complete destruction of the 80-year-old building, according to WORLD News.
About 1,400 Christian families fled the area when ISIS took it over in late February, and it is unlikely they will be able to return home soon due to the presence of land mines.
“The majority have been placed with other Assyrian Christian families,” Osama Edward, director of the Stockholm-based Assyrian Human Rights Network, said.
ISIS reportedly destroyed other local churches in February, including the historic church of Tal Hurmoz and three others in Tal Tamer.
“Most people are afraid to return because they fear that ISIS booby-trapped their houses before fleeing,” Edward told Al Arabiya News.
The victory of the Kurdish and Christian militias was supported by air strikes from the international coalition currently intervening in Syria and Iraq, led by the United States.
The Assyrian Christian community is one of the oldest Christian communities in the world, according to Al Arabiya News.