ISIS beheads accused of blasphemy

01:16 PM | 9 Dec, 2014
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BEIRUT:

Rampant armed group of Syria-Iraq, ISIS (Daesh) on Tuesday beheaded a man for alleged blasphemy in northern Syria, a militant website claimed.  

Western news agency, Reuters, also quoted British-based Observatory for Human Rights stating that the man was beheaded in Sulouk, a Syrian town, in presence of crowd.

The rights group also revealed that ISIS has beheaded and stoned to death many people in Syria and Iraq earlier for being sacrilegious. They have also killed a smaller number of foreign captives.

A statement posted on a jihadist website said the man admitted to blasphemy before being killed in the countryside of Raqqa province, which the hardline group controls.

The website included images of crowds at the square. One photo showed a blindfolded man kneeling with his head on a wooden block as a masked man in black raised a sword over his neck.

The Observatory, which tracks the conflict using sources on the ground, said last month that Islamic State had killed 1,432 Syrians off the battlefield since the end of June when it declared a caliphate in the territory under its control.

The group, which is being targeted by US-led strikes in Iraq and Syria, has often displayed bodies in public after the killings.