Dramatic footage has emerged showing the moment an Islamic State (ISIS) suicide bomber was blown up by Kurdish freedom fighters.
The description with the video says the ISIS jihadi was carrying more than a tonne of TNT explosives inside a Ford pick-up truck before he was blown up just outside the terror group’s stronghold of Mosul, in northern Iraq.
In the video a Kurdish fighter can be heard in panicky voice saying “it’s coming closer and closer…come on…hurry and hit it…hit it before yelping in delight as the car goes up in flames.
Debris shoots up in the air as the vehicle ignites in a massive explosion, instantly incinerating the suicide bomber at the wheel.
ISIS frequently uses suicide bomber cars laden with explosives to attack enemy lines in a bid to cause panic.
The dramatic footage emerged as Kurdish forces continued to make significant advances against ISIS, recapturing a key dam in neighbouring Syria.
Peshmerga forces backed by allied Arab rebels and Western airstrikes seized the Tishreen dam, which is in a key position in the north of the war-ravaged country.
It was their second major victory in the region in recent weeks, coming after their forces ousted ISIS fighters from some 200 villages in the northeastern province of Hasakeh.
Sherfan Darwish, spokesman for an Arab rebel group in the SDF, wrote online: “Congratulations to our peoples… the battles are ongoing, the operation is ongoing, and the victories are ongoing.”
ISIS was also being pushed back in neighbouring Iraq today, with the Iraqi army declaring victory in its battle to recapture the key city of Ramadi.
Jihadi fighters have been all but driven out of the city centre, with the army recapturing the central government compound and seizing a huge cache of terrorist weapons.
Yesterday the hate group’s crazed leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi issued a bizarre rallying cry to his supporters, insisting the defeats were a “blessing from Allah” and calling on Muslims across the globe to join the Caliphate.