Syrian activist survives IS assassination attempt in Turkey

13 June 2016

Colleagues say a Syrian independent media activist working in southeast Turkey has survived an assassination attempt claimed by the Islamic State group.

Ahmed Abdelqader, founder of the Syrian media group Eye on Homeland, was shot on Sunday by two gunmen riding a motorbike in the city of Sanliurfa.

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Fellow Syrian activist Abu Ibrahim of the monitoring group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) says Abdelqader is now "hospitalized, in a stable condition."

Another colleague, who requested anonymous for fear of his safety, said the gunmen had used silencers. The gunmen escaped.

The Islamic State-linked Amaq News Agency said IS militants had staged the attack on Abdelqader, formerly a member of RBSS.

Abdelqader's brother, Ibrahim, was one of two Syrian activists slain by IS operatives in Sanliurfa in October 2015.

-AP

13 June 2016

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