An Islamic State fighter captured in Iraq last week reportedly begged Kurdish troops to kill him right away because he didn’t want to be late for a 4 p.m. religious ceremony in heaven.
Kurdish Peshmerga forces captured the militant after he and 49 others were sent out by ISIS for a suicide bombing attack in the Christian town of Tel Askuf coinciding with an Islamic holy day, according to The Clarion Project.
“They were supposed to commit suicide using their suicide belts because today is the anniversary of the Isra and Mi’iraj celebration," Peshmerga Lt. Col. Salim ak-Surji reportedly told the Turkish News Agency Rudaw.
“He told me ‘all of us must be in heaven by 4 p.m., kill me,” the officer said.
The day marks Prophet Muhammad’s ascension to heaven to receive instruction form Allah.
Surji told Rudaw he was recording the bodies of ISIS dead on video when he spotted one fighter moving his ankle, according to the Clarion Project.
“I put my hand on his chest and found that he was breathing,” Surji was quoted as saying. “He was also conscious and talking. His explosive belt had not detonated and he was hurt in his ankle due to the explosion of one of his comrades. He was able to walk. He told me ‘you are infidels, kill me.’”
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Charles Keating, 31, was shot and killed in Tel Askuf last week when he and other special operations forces went to the rescue of U.S. forces who were caught in a gun battle involving more than 100 ISIS fighters.