ISIL claims assassination of US citizen who died at Turkey’s İncirlik base: Reports
ADANAThe Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has claimed that they assassinated a U.S. citizen who had been working as a fire chief at İncirlik Airbase in the southern province of Adana. Thaddeus Mithcheel Borowicz, 61, was found dead on June 13 with his legs torn off by the iron door of the building he was living in.
“We didn’t have any report on an American in Adana being killed by ISIL,” Lt. Col. David Westover, a military spokesman for the U.S. European Command, which oversees operations at İncirlik, said, while adding that the man’s death was “tragic.”
ISIL-affiliated Amaq News Agency however said “a secret unit” of jihadists had assassinated “an American officer” at his home on June 13 and that the claim of responsibility had been delayed to “ensure the safety” of the team sent to kill Borowicz.
According to initial statements, Borowicz, 61, realized he had forgotten both his car and apartment keys while he was getting into his car on the day of the incident. After returning home, Borowicz tried to break into the 10th floor apartment where he was staying through an open window. He had fastened a cable to the building’s chimney to use to access the window. He fell when the cable became disconnected.
As he fell Borowicz’s legs were torn off by the iron door of the building and he died at the scene, according to reports. Locals said they discovered Borowicz’s upper body at the entrance of the apartment and found his legs three meters away.