Missing gay Syrian refugee found beheaded in Istanbul

The body of a gay Syrian refugee, who disappeared in central Istanbul, was found mutilated and beheaded two days later, a local rights group has said.

Muhammed Wisam Sankari went missing on 23 July after leaving his home in the conservative Fatih district, Kaos Gay and Lesbian Cultural Research and Solidarity Association said.

His killing has not been widely reported in Turkish media, other than in a handful of leftwing publications citing Kaos GL. There has so far been no official confirmation on whether he was killed for being gay.