Syrian journalist attacked by ISIS in Turkey dies

A Turkish flag flies over the Karkamis border crossing, with an ISIS flag is seen at the custom office of Syria's Jarablus border gate in the background, in Karkamis, in Gaziantep province, Turkey in this August 1, 2015 file photo. (Reuters)

A Syrian journalist who was shot in the Turkish city of Gaziantep in an attack claimed by ISIS has died from his wounds.

Mohammed Zahir al-Sherqat died on Tuesday afternoon in a hospital in Gaziantep, near the Syrian border, according to his friend Barry Abdulattif, a Syrian activist.

Sherqat, who worked for Halab Today TV, was shot in the neck from close range on Sunday while walking on a street.

Friends told the AP that the journalist had received death threats as recently as two months ago from ISIS extremists.

ISIS claimed the attack on Monday via the IS-affiliated Aamaq news agency, which said Sherqat “used to present anti-Islamic State programs.”

It marks the fourth assassination of a Syrian journalist in Turkey claimed by the extremist group.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47