A suspect with links to the DAESH terrorist organization has fled to Germany after murdering two pro-opposition Syrian journalists in southeastern Turkey.
Firas Hammadi, the managing editor of Ayn Watan, a weekly newspaper published by activists supporting the Free Syrian Army and Ibrahim Abdulkader, a reporter for the newspaper, were found murdered in their home in Şanlıurfa in southeastern Turkey in October 2015.
The two men were found with their throats slit using a large knife, a common practice employed by DAESH. An investigation by Şanlıurfa police identified the suspects as Syrian nationals Talas al-Surur and Abdellatef Nabva. Police sources said Nabva fled to Germany while al-Surur left for Syria after the murder.
DAESH, which is active in Syria and Iraq, is blamed for a string of bombings in Turkey and the murder of pro-opposition activists. In December 2015, Naji al-Jerf, a journalist and activist linked to the Syrian opposition, was shot dead in the city of Gaziantep near the Syrian border. Al-Jerf was known for his anti-DAESH activism and police detained several suspects following his murder. Like Hammadi and Abdulkader, the murdered journalist was a member of Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, a group of citizen journalists documenting the atrocities of the terrorist organization in the eponymous Syrian city.