SAS sniper hero 'killed an ISIS terror leader who was about to incinerate hostages with a flame thrower by shooting its fuel tank from 1,500m'

A top ISIS executioner was moments away from burning 12 hostages alive

The SAS marksman fired a single 50. round at the flame thrower's fuel tank

Bullet caused explosion which killed the feared ISIS leader and henchmen

Rescue operation took place in village near Raqqa, Syria earlier this month

By Alexander Robertson For Mailonline

Published: 05:49 EST, 11 September 2016 | Updated: 22:43 EST, 11 September 2016

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.

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.

The bullet hit the flame thrower's fuel tank and caused a huge fireball, also killing three other ISIS members who were ready to film the execution.



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.