Images of mutilated female Kurdish fighter spark outrage

A video captured in Syria shows the body of a female Kurdish fighter which has been mutilated by a group of Turkish-backed rebels, the British Daily Mail newspaper reports.

The woman, identified by Kurdish officials as Barin Kobani, was reportedly a fighter from the People’s Protection Units (YPG), a mainly-Kurdish fighting force that Turkey is fighting against in the northwest Syrian region of Afrin.

The video shows a dozen men around her mutilated body, which has been partially stripped of clothing. It was released to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based non-governmental organisation that documents human rights abuses by a Syrian rebel, according to the Daily Mail.

The release of the images sparked shock and outrage from Kurdish officials and social media users.

"Imagine the savagery of these invaders with the bodies of our daughters. How would they behave if they took control of our neighbourhoods?" wrote Mustafa Bali a spokesman for the YPG-affiliated Syrian Democratic Forces on his Facebook page.