Conflicting reports if ISIS executed boxing champ after escape attempt

German Thai Kickboxing Champion Valdet Gashi showing his championship belts he won with an ISIS flag hung behind him. (Photo courtesy: German media)

A monitoring group said it received conflicting information whether a German Thai Kickboxing Champion Valdet Gashi was executed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group for trying escape with another group.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said “reliable sources” confirmed to the London-based monitoring group that the German Thai kickboxing champion Valdet Gashi was killed by ISIS militants, however it alluded to “other information reported that Valdet is still alive and that he has tried to run away more than one time but he failed.”

In early July, Gashi made his intentions clear that he has long-wanted to joined ISIS in a 90-minute phone interview with Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen.

“I want to do something good and to die while doing it. That is what would make me happy,” he said during the interview.

The Observatory, meanwhile, reported about Gashi’s plight on the backdrop of information of non-Syrian ISIS militants attempting to leave the hardline group.

“ISIS is trying to cut off communication between the non-Syrian ISIS militants and their relatives, fearing that they will go back to their homes and that some of them may communicate with intelligence agencies,” it said.

The Observatory said its activists in the ISIS-stronghold city of Raqqa sounded the alarm that ISIS gave owners of internet cafés a four-day ultimatum “to remove Wi-Fi which provides internet for houses around these cafés, and they have warned them to stop all the house subscription and even the subscriptions of ISIS militants.”

It added: “ISIS tries in this step to do a news blackout about is happening inside the city of Raqqa…and arrests all those who publish news about ISIS by carrying out consecutive raids and sending patrols to the internet shops to inspect them.”

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