AN ISIS executioner who beheaded prisoners in sick propaganda videos has been blown up by a tank in the final battle for Syria.
ISIS commander Muhammad Saifuddin, who used the aliases Abu Walid and Mohammed Karim Yusop Faiz, has been confirmed dead.
The killer was blown up by a tank while attempting to defend the last pocket of ISIS territory in Syria.
Saifuddin, 40, from Indonesia, was confirmed dead by his home country’s national police and his family.
ISIS are being driven out of the Middle East as the so-call caliphate collapsed under pressure from the West along with forces from Iraq and Syria.
US President Donald Trump has boasted the coalition could purge ISIS from its last strongholds in a matter of “days”.
“He had a convincing track record that gained trust and an important position in ISIS”
Saifuddin’s older brother, Muinudinillah Basri, said the family learned about the death through an instant messaging app.
The jihadi was a recruiter for ISIS and appeared in several videos on the death cult’s propaganda channels.
It included a clip which show him beheading a prisoner with a knife along with two other ISIS fighters.
He was designated as a “global terrorist” last August as the war against the jihadi group continues.
EVIL: Muhammad Saifuddin (L) and two other jihadis carry out beheadings on video (Pic: NC)
Basri said the family hadn’t heard from Saifuddin since he left Indonesia to join ISIS in Syria with his wife and children about four years ago.
It is believed the final was radicalised by a Christian-Muslim conflict in Indonesia’s Ambon region from 1999 to 2001.
His twin brother was also turned to jihad, but killed in the fighting.
Saifuddin is known to have associations with circles closely trusted by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
BLOWN UP: Muhammad Saifuddin was killed by a tank shell in Syria (Pic: NC)
KILLER: Muhammad Saifuddin was a high ranking member of ISIS and had key ties in Asia-Pacific (Pic: NC)
Al-Qaida former terrorist Sofyan Tsauri, who now works with counter-terrorism groups, revealed the fighter had previously been jailed for his jihadi activities in 2007.
Tsauri said: “Since long ago he had aspired to go international.
“He had a convincing track record that gained trust and an important position in ISIS.”
The jihadi is latest high ranking commander to be killed as the net closes on the remaining ISIS fighters.
FIGHTBACK: US-backed forces are working to kick ISIS out of Syria (Pic: GETTY)
US-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces are leading the charge against the last cells of ISIS fighters in Syria.
Jihadis are currently bunkered down the city of Baghouz, after nearly two years ago being driven out of their capital Raqqa.
Up to 600 ISIS jihadi nuts – including Brits – are believed to be hiding out in the ISIS stronghold along with civilians.
The alliance has been battling to oust the jihadists from the eastern province of Deir Ezzor since September.