Wednesday, July 22, 2015
ISIL Executed German Kickboxing World Champion for Trying to Flee from terrorist group.
ISIL Executed German Kickboxing World Champion for Trying to Flee from terrorist group. (SP).
Six months ago, Valdet Gashi left his home in Germany to join the Islamic State. Now a Syrian monitoring group has confirmed that the two-time Thai kickboxing world champion has been killed by the terrorist group while trying to escape.
According to the family, Gashi had been killed, though the exact cause of his death was unknown. But on Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that the boxer had been executed by the Islamic State after trying to flee Aleppo with "another group."
According to the International Business Times, SOHR’s claims are based on "reliable sources."
Those sources said that after initially defending IS’s barbaric practices, Gashi had become “shocked” by the violence he witnessed. He was captured in his effort to escape, held in captivity in the city of Manbeg, and later killed by the terrorist group.
Prior to the news of his death, Gashi’s family had encouraged him to return home. According to German newspaper Rundschau, the boxer’s father, Enwar Gashi, said his son should stop this "nonsense" in Syria and help Muslims in Germany. Of course, reports coming out of territory controlled by IS are hard to verify, even by human rights monitors. While both Gashi’s family and the SOHR’s sources have stated that Gashi has died, the Syrian Observatory has also heard conflicting accounts that he is alive and still trying to escape. Read the full story here.