ISIS video shows ‘Russian spy agent’ beheaded

The video shows the man sitting in an orange jumpsuit and giving details of his apparent recruitment by Russian intelligence services. (Screenshot via YouTube)

A video released online by ISIS has purportedly showed the beheading of a man the group said was a Russian spy its fighters had captured and who had been in Syria and Iraq since last year, the SITE monitoring group reported.

The video shows the man sitting in an orange jumpsuit and giving details of his apparent recruitment by Russian intelligence services.

Then, in a different outdoor location, an ISIS fighter, who in Russian threatens Russia and President Vladimir Putin with attacks, appears to cut the man’s throat and cut his head off.

It appeared to be the first claim by the group that it was holding the Russian prisoner. Moscow has not reported that any of its citizens are held by ISIS.

Reuters, nor Al Arabiya News, could not immediately verify the authenticity of the video.

SITE said the video was from Raqqa province, ISIS’ main stronghold in northern Syria.

Russia’s security service, the FSB, declined to comment. There was no immediate comment from Russia’s foreign ministry.

ISIS has beheaded an unknown number of hostages in numerous videos, both Western prisoners and people from the Middle East, including soldiers fighting against it and Muslims who reject the group.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46
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