Gay Syrian refugee mutilated, beheaded in Istanbul
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Gay Syrian refugee mutilated, beheaded in Istanbul

Rights group says victim was kidnapped and raped 5 months ago, wanted to flee Turkey as he feared for his life

Syrian refugees queue for food in northwestern Turkish province of Edirne, as they headed to the Greek border, September 17, 2015. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
Syrian refugees queue for food in northwestern Turkish province of Edirne, as they headed to the Greek border, September 17, 2015. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)

ANKARA, Turkey — The body of a gay Syrian refugee was found mutilated and beheaded two days after he disappeared in central Istanbul, a local rights group said.

Muhammed Wisam Sankari went missing on July 23 after leaving his home in the conservative Fatih district, Turkish gay rights group Kaos Gay and Lesbian Cultural Research and Solidarity Association (Kaos GL) said Wednesday.

His killing has not been widely reported in Turkish media, other than in a handful of leftist publications that quote Kaos GL. There has so far been no official confirmation that he was killed for being gay.

His body was found mutilated and decapitated on July 25, the association said.

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