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Migrant from Syria in Austria admits to killing 20 people

By Mason White 5:52 PM April 2, 2017
Killer (illustration)
Killer (illustration)
By: William Martin

A migrant who is seeking asylum in Austria, admitted to his friends that he killed at least 20 people back home, according to police.

Innsbruck police said that have arrested the 27-year-old man, who was once part of the Free Syrian Army, after admitting to killing wounded soldiers loyal to the government of Bashar al-Assad.

One of his friends reported him to police. He initially confessed to the murders, but later recanted once he learned about the murder charges.

He was charged with 20 counts of murder. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.

Prosecutors decided to charge the suspect in Austria, as sending him back to Syria to face charges is not an option to the ongoing civil war.

According to the police investigation, the migrant was an officer of the Farouq Brigades, a group that is a part of the Free Syrian Army.

When the suspect encountered a group of 20 wounded soldiers in the city of Homs, he shot them all dead because they were loyal to the government.

Killing injured soldiers is prohibited under the Geneva Convention.