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CANNIBAL ‘moderate’ Syrian rebel who cut out and ate an Assad soldier’s heart and liver is killed ‘after his convoy was ambushed’

  • Al-Nusra Front fighter, Abu Sakkar, was killed in Latakia, north-west Syria
  • There are conflicting reports as to how the ‘cannibalistic’ rebel was killed 
  • Some say he was killed by Syrian troops, others he was attacked by rebels
  • He was once filmed cutting out and eating the heart of government soldier

The ‘cannibalistic’ Syrian rebel who was filmed eating a regime soldier’s heart and liver has been killed in an ambush along the coast.

Graphic photos posted online show the body of Abu Sakkar, who fought for the al-Qaeda affiliated al Nusra Front, lying inside a body bag.

There are conflicting reports as to how he died in the north-western Latakia province, where there have been reports of deadly clashes between militia groups and government troops.


Some experts and activist groups have claimed he was killed by the Syrian government while others say his convoy was attacked by another anti-Nusra rebel group.

Known as the ‘Cannibal Rebel’, Sakkar is said to have founded the Free Syrian Army’s ‘moderate’ Farouq Brigade before joining al-Nusra front.

In 2013, a gruesome propaganda video which appeared to show him cutting out a government soldier’s heart and eating it was posted online.

The clip, posted by a pro-government campaign group, claimed to show Sakkar standing over the uniformed corpse while ranting against Syrian President Bashar al Assad.

Using a knife, he hacked open the torso and removed the heart and liver, before holding them up to the camera and declaring: ‘I swear to God we will eat your hearts and your livers, you soldiers of Bashar the dog.’

He then raised one to his mouth and took a bite.

The Nusra front tightened its grip on the village of Tel al-Ais which overlooks the Damascus-Aleppo highway, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Meanwhile other rebel groups, led by the militant Ahrar al Sham group, seized government positions in Latakia, where Sakkar was killed.

Heavy clashes led to casualties on both sides, opposition activists said today.

The coordinated rebel and Nusra Front



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