Islamic State jihadists kill 90 in Syria gas field takeover: NGO

Militant Islamist fighters on a tank take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province.

Jihadists killed at least 90 Syrian regime fighters, civilian security guards and employees when they seized a gas field in Homs province, a monitoring group said on July 18.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights described Thursday’s takeover of the Shaar field as “the biggest” anti-regime operation by the Islamic State (IS) since it emerged in the Syrian conflict last year.

“At least 90 people, mainly security guards and members of the (paramilitary) National Defence Forces in the IS attack on the Shaar gas field in Homs province,” Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said.

“Twenty-five of the killed were civilian employees,” he told AFP. “The rest were security guards deployed by the oil ministry and members of the National Defence Force.”

Footage apparently shot by the jihadists at the gas field and distributed via YouTube showed dozens of bodies, some of them mutilated, strewn across the desert landscape…