Report: Syria forces killed Michigan woman in rebel ambush

May 31, 2013 19:49

Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad killed a 33-year-old Michigan woman who was a convert to Islam and a British man during an ambush on an opposition scouting mission north of the city of Idlib, Syrian state media said on Friday.

Nicole Mansfield's aunt, Monica Mansfield Speelman, told Reuters on Thursday the FBI had informed her that afternoon of the death of her niece, who was from Flint.Syrian state television aired footage showing the body of the woman, who was dressed in a full black hijab. The footage also showed her American ID.

Syrian state media also reported that a British subject, named as Ali Manasifi, born in 1990, had been killed in the same ambush. A European security source confirmed that report to Reuters.

European security officials have said recently that between 70 and 100 British subjects are believed to be in Syria, with most believed to be fighting with Islamic extremist rebel factions.

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