A group formerly affilited with al Qaeda says it has publicly crucified two militants in northeastern Syria in retaliation for an earlier grenade attack on its members.
The terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) said the two were among a total of seven prisoners put to death in connection with a grenade attack in the Euphrates Valley city of Raqqa earlier this month.
“Ten days ago, attackers on a motorbike threw a grenade at an ISIL fighter at the Naim roundabout. A Muslim civilian had his leg blown off and a child was killed,” the ISIL said.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) has published a photo of the two militants being crucified with one of them being pictured with a banner which reads, “This man fought against Muslims and threw a grenade in this place.”
The SOHR said these crucifixions were not the first by the ISIL, noting that the militants had crucified a man on April 16.
In February, a Syrian girl was reportedly stoned to death for having opened a Facebook account after an ISIL-run court ruled membership to the social networking website carried the death penalty by stoning.
Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since March 2011.
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