IS militant who beheaded Hujam Surchi murdered in Mosul
The IS militant who believed to have decapitated a Peshmarga last month was reportedly killed by a fellow militant in Mosul, a source inside the city told Rudaw.
The source said the man was gunned down in the early hours of Monday in what appeared to be a retaliation by a Kurdish militant within the ranks of the Islamic State.
The Peshmarga officer, Hujam Surchi, was beheaded last January in Mosul in front of a large crowd. The executioner, later was identified as Mofaq Asaad, was also a Kurd who was known to security agencies for his ties to radical groups.
The gruesome murder sparked public outrage in the Kurdistan Region with many demanding the killer be found and brought to justice.
Kurdish intelligence said Asaad and his two brothers joined IS in Mosul when the militants captured the majority Sunni city.
The three brothers had worked as bakers in the Kurdish city of Barda Rash, north of Erbil, prior to the IS offensive. Security sources said Asaad’s brothers had been killed by the Peshmarga in earlier clashes.
Although Asaad’s killing has not been independently confirmed, another source in Mosul told Rudaw by phone that crowds of IS gunmen had gathered at his house in the IS-held city.