Urfa, Turkey – On Sunday at midnight the Islamic State’s (IS/ISIS) Media Center of Raqqa published a videotape entitled “the liquidation process of a sleeper cell”, in which six people were executed by IS militants in a square in the city of Raqqa, in northeastern Syria.
Before carrying out the execution, the tape was played showing six people, including a 17-year-old boy with his father confessing their links with the Raqqa Rebels Brigade, led by Abu Issa, and attempts to carry out bombings in IS central headquarters.
A IS masked member is quoted as saying in the tape that the security office of the state of Raqqa, arrested a cell belonging to the so-called “Awakening group” fighting alongside the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party), and that they were planning to plant explosives in IS headquarters and cars.
“They are sentenced to death for apostasy,” the IS member said, citing Quranic verses.
The six victims were handcuffed amid a crowd of people and executed at gunpoint by members of the group.
Speaking to ARA News, Syrian civil rights activist Darius Darwish commented on the incident saying: “The group wanted to deliver a harsh message that it will never show mercy to any opponent.”
“The implicit message of broadcasting such a tape is that their defeat in Kobane was because of the so-called Awakenings, those who oppose the group’s policies and practices,” he argued.
Reporting by: Redwan Bizar
Source: ARA News
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