British Man Who ‘Took His Own Life’ To Avoid Capture By ISIS Sent Tragic Last Facebook Message

Ryan Lock, 20, died on 21 December 2016 during a battle for IS stronghold, Raqqa.


A British soldier who was fighting in Syria 'turned the gun on himself' to avoid being captured by ISIS.

Ryan Lock, 20, died on 21 December 2016 during a battle for IS stronghold, Raqqa.



Ryan joined the YPG, Jurdish armed forces, as a volunteer; now a member of the YPG has told the BBC that a 'trace of a gunshot wound was found under the chin' suggesting that Ryan chose to take his own life.

A source at the scene said that five fighters had come under attack from the Islamic State fighters in a village called Ja'bar. They added that the men showed 'considerable resistance' before they died.

The bodies have since been examined and a report was released saying 'it seems that the British fighter committed suicide in order not to fall captive with ISIS.'

Mark Campbell a Kurdish-rights activist told the BBC: "Ryan Lock may very well have turned his own gun upon himself rather than be taken prisoner by ISIS.

"There are no words to describe the bravery required to take such an action.

"ISIS were robbed of a predictable macabre propaganda opportunity by Ryan's action.

"I personally believe he deserves the very highest of military honours for such outstanding bravery in the face of such a barbaric enemy."

Ryan travelled to Syria in August last year, after lying to his family and friends about taking a holiday to Turkey.

According to the Guardian, Ryan sent a final heart-breaking message via Facebook on 31 August: "I'm on my way to Rojava. I lied about going to Turkey. I'm sorry I didn't tell anyone. I love all of you and I will be back in six months."

Via: TheLadBible
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