A Syrian watchdog group reports that a Syrian Christian fighter beheaded a militant with the Islamic State group as revenge for individuals executed in northeastern Syria.
The alleged revenge killing occurred Thursday in Hasakah province, where the Islamic State militants hold large areas of the countryside, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The militant group has carried out public beheadings and mass executions of hundreds of Christians and Kurds in the region, according to The Independent.
According to the monitor, the Christian fighter, a member of the minority Assyrian community, found the jihadist in the local village of Tal Shamiram.
"He took him prisoner and when he found out he was a member of [the Islamic State], the Assyrian fighter beheaded him in revenge for abuses committed by the group in the region," Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.
Kurdish militia in the region also executed 20 civilians suspected of aiding the extremist group on Friday, the London-based watchdog group said.
On Saturday, Islamic State fighters launched an assault on the largely Kurdish city of Hasakah in response.
Control of Hasakah, the capital city of the province of the same name, is split between Kurdish forces and the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.