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ISIS beheads Russian intelligence officer in Syria

DAMASCUS: (Web Desk) ISIS has beheaded a man claimed to be a Russian intelligence officer in a gory propaganda video released to coincide with Russia’s Victory Day celebrations.

The lengthy video repeated the format used in previous hostage executions, including of James Foley and David Haines, showing a prisoner identified as Evgeny Petrenko giving a “confession” under duress.

He was shown dressed in a black jump suit speaking with militants in prison, before kneeling in a desert and urging other Russian agents to surrender.

“This idiot believed the promises of his state not to abandon him if he was captured,” Mr Petrenko said, before he was beheaded by a Russian-speaking ISIS militant.

He was shown supposedly confessing to attempting to infiltrate terrorist groups in the Caucus, Turkey and Syria, where he allegedly contacted Chechen militant Omar al-Shishani, who has since been killed in a US air strike.

The footage, released by ISIS’ al-Furat propaganda wing, included clips of several other Russian prisoners being beheaded and shot in past videos.

ISIS named Mr Petrenko as a Federal Security Service (FSB) colonel in a previous propaganda video released in September, threatening to execute the prisoner in a “message to the President of Russia and its people”.

The execution footage was released on ISIS propaganda channels on Tuesday, as huge military parade rolled through Moscow to mark the anniversary of its victory over Nazi Germany in 1945.

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