Syrian activists and Kurdish officials say a German woman fighting alongside Kurdish militiamen has been killed in a battle with the Islamic State group.
They say Ivana Hoffman, a native of South Africa with German citizenship, was killed Saturday while fighting alongside the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units, known as the YPG.
YPG spokesman Nawaf Khalil said Monday that Hoffman was killed near the Syrian village of Tel Tamr. Hoffman was a member of the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party in Turkey.
Serdar Sitr, president of the Kurdish Solution Party in Iraq, and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also confirmed Hoffman’s slaying.