ISIS media chief took video of Turkish soldiers' killings

An Islamic State (ISIS) member captured in Turkey has confessed to taking and distributing video of the grisly killing of two Turkish soldiers by the extreme jihadist group in 2016, the Cumhuriyet newspaper said.

Ömer Yetek, said to have been in charge of ISIS media, confessed to his role in the killings after police arrested him in the Turkish capital Ankara. He had fled there after ISIS lost most of the territory it controlled in Syria and Iraq, Cumhuriyet said.

The newspaper said raw videos depicting the killings had been found on computers in the house where Yetek was hiding.

A video showing the two Turkish soldiers, Sefer Taş and Fethi Şahin, being burned alive was published online in December 2016. The Turkish government blocked access to the videos and banned media coverage. It was later determined that, in addition to Yetek, the three ISIS members who carried out the executions were also Turkish citizens.