A gruesome photo posted online this week by jihadists from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS ) group shows a grinning fighter posing for the camera – while holding up two severed human heads.
The heads originally belonged to forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to the ISIS fighter, who posted the image online on Thursday.
The identity of the fighter - who goes by the nom de guerre of Abu Zarqawi Australi – is really Khaled Sharrouf, originally an Australian citizen who left home to fight in Syria, the Daily Mail reported on Friday.
The man in the picture holding up the heads is Mohamed Elomar, who was born in Sydney.
The two are believed to have flown to Syria together late last year after Sharrouf fled the country on his brother’s passport, the newspaper reported.
Another image posted by the same account shows severed heads of alleged Syrian soldiers being impaled on metal railings.
In another tweet, the jihadist claim to have a “bucket full of heads.”
“Any1 in aus want some organs please dont be shy to ask I would love to assist u with body parts [sic],” Sharrouf wrote on the microblogging site.
Sharrouf last week announced on his Twitter account that he would “slaughter” Australians on his return.
Meanwhile, Australia’s Director General of Security David Irvine said that “tens of people” had already returned to the country after fighting with suspected jihadist organizations.
“We have some tens of people that have already returned [from the Middle East], we have probably another 150 we’re looking at here in Australia who have inclinations to support those two extremist movements,” he said.