ISIS beheaded a man for allegedly practicing witchcraft

February 10, 2015 6:30 am

Militants fighting for the Islamic State in have publicly beheaded
a man for allegedly practicing witchcraft – the latest in a long line
of barbaric executions carried out by the terror group.

The unknown man was photographed being killed by a masked executioner in
a village just outside ’ stronghold and de facto capital Raqqa
while a large crowd looked on. Precise details of the victim’s so-called
crime are not known, but the charge of witchcraft and ‘invoking magic’,
and the use
of an axe and wooden chopping block to carry out the
beheading do little to counter claims that ISIS are little more than
murderers with a Dark Age view of the world.

Photographs of the execution and the crowds who watched it were released
by ISIS-affiliated media, and were reported by Raqqa is Being
Slaughtered Silently – an anti-ISIS activist group based in the city who
document the terror group’s barbarism in its de facto capital.

Pictures have emerged purporting to show Islamic State militants
publicly beheading a man after finding him guilty of practicing
“sorcery” in another brutal execution committed by the extremist group.
Images
released online via Isis-affiliated channels show a blindfolded man
being led by a militant and a young boy through the city of Raqqa, an
Isis stronghold in Syria.
A group of Syrian activists known as Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) told The Independent the man was taken to the Raqqa countryside and beheaded in front of a crowd of people.
A spokesperson for the group said the man’s supposed “crime” was listed as sorcery.

RBSS is made up of a small number of people still living in
Raqqa who send out pictures and information from inside the besieged
city.
Their work is key to gauging an idea of what life is like
under Isis, as only a few journalists have managed to enter Raqqa and
leave safely.
The extremist group has committed a spate of
atrocities since it advanced across Syria and as it try to
establish a “caliphate”, including the beheading of hostages and the death of a Jordanian pilot it burned alive.
In December, Isis published a copy of its penal code and vowed to strictly enforce it in areas under its control.
Punishments for acts it deemed criminal included stoning to death, crucifixion and amputation.

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