ISIS’ chief executioner, Abu Sayyaf, who is thought to have beheaded more than 100 people, was killed on Sunday, according to reports.
“Abu Sayyaf was one of the scariest executioners in Nineveh,” Iraqi journalist Muhammad Yawar told ARA News. “He was known for his huge body and heavy arms. He was one of the renowned faces in the ISIS propaganda videos.”
Sayyaf was reported dead after a group of armed men ambushed him in Nineveh Governorate in Northwestern Iraq.
“He was found dead in the Dawassah District west of Mosul city in Nineveh Governorate on Sunday evening,” local media activist Abdullah al-Mallah told ARA News.
“He was killed along with another militant who was accompanying him during the attack,” he added. “The ISIS-led Hisba Police was unable to identify the perpetrators.”
Abu Sayyaf was renowned for collecting the heads of his victims and dumping them in a well-known hole in al-Khasafa region.
Sayyaf’s death has yet to be verified and it is unclear how he was killed as some news outlets reported that he was stabbed to death while others reported that he was shot dead.