A young rescue worker who dragged a tiny baby to safety after an explosion last year has been shot dead in Syria.
Abu Kifah hit the headlines in October after saving the life of Wahida Ma’artouk, who is now almost one-years-old, by dragging her from the rubble of her home.
The 22-year-old shed tears when he first held Wahida but held them back during an emotional second meeting later that month.
Confirming his death today, Matiah Jallal, a close friend of Abu, said the hero was among seven volunteers to be shot dead today.
A spokesman for volunteer group, The White Helmets, said he was gunned down by an unidentified gunmen who attacked an office in Sarmin in the early hours.
Speaking to MailOnline, Mr Jallal said: ‘It is hard for me to describe what I feel now. The whole town is mourning Abu Kifah and his colleagues.’
Mr Kifah became a father earlier this year.
His wife is understood to be in a state of shock following his sudden death.
The bodies of the seven men killed in the attack have been buried in a funeral service in Sarmin this afternoon.
A spokesman for the White Helmets said: ‘The civil defence centre in Sarmin was the target of an armed attack by unknown assailants in which seven volunteers were killed.
‘Two minibuses, some white helmets and walkie-talkies were stolen.’