A crack shot marksman dubbed the ‘Sniper of Mosul’ has struck again after taking out an ISIS executioner just moments before he beheaded a teenager.
The gunman is said to be waging a one-man war by hunting down terrorists while they are on patrol in the city’s streets.
He has already shot several ISIS jihadis in four regions of Mosul as Iraqi government forces battle to take back control of the city.
And now it has been revealed that the sniper has struck again as ISIS supporters gathered to watch the execution of a teenager accused of supporting resistance movements within Iraq.
According to the Daily Star, as the the executioner went to behead the boy, the sniper struck, killing the jihadi.
ISIS supporters then began to randomly opening fire after panicking but the sniper escaped.
It comes as a number of terrorists have been injured by the shooter amid reports the attacks are improving morale among Mosul resistance groups.
According to Iraqi News , there may even be more than one sniper at work.
It quotes local media as writing: ‘The emergence of the “Sniper of Mosul”, as the residents call him, increased the pace of the popular resistance against the ISIS.
‘The presence of the sniper in four neighbourhoods emphasizes that there are many snipers and not only one.’
Iraqi forces and Kurdish fighters have launched a major bid to drive ISIS out of its last major stronghold in the country.
It was also reported that local youths are forming militia in a bid to fight terrorists from the inside of the city.
However, today the Iraqi army paused its week-long advance on Mosul as it approached the city’s eastern edge, while waiting for other U.S.-backed forces to close in.
On the ninth day of the offensive on Mosul, government forces and allied Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are still fighting their way towards the city’s outer limits, in the early stages of an assault which could become the biggest military operation in Iraq in over a decade.
The first to get near to Mosul, advancing to within just over a mile of Iraq’s second largest city, was the elite U.S.-trained Counter Terrorism Service (CTS).
CTS troops have moved in from the east, dislodging Islamic State from a Christian region that has been empty of residents since the ultra-hardline Sunni terrorists took it over in 2014.
The combat ahead is likely to be more difficult and deadly because of the presence of civilians. Some 1.5 million residents remain in the city and worst-case forecasts see up to a million being uprooted, according to the United Nations.