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ERBIL – The Islamic State (ISIS) radical group has executed two media activists for taking mobile pictures for the group’s headquarters in the northwestern Iraqi city of Mosul, local sources reported on Sunday.
ISIS militants arrested the two young men while taking pictures with their mobile phones for a security center in Mosul city.
Hours after their arrest, the suspects were shot dead in public on charges of “spying for hostile parties”.
“The execution took place in the Bab al-Toub neighborhood in central Mosul before a crowd of people,” an eyewitness told ARA News on the condition of anonymity.
Noteworthy, the ISIS extremist group has executed more than 25 Iraqi media workers in Nineveh province over the past two months.
Speaking to ARA News, Iraqi security official Zanoun Sabaawi said that the ISIS radical group has threatened all journalists and media activists of execution if they report on local developments in the ISIS-held areas.
“Terrorists of Daesh (ISIS) want all their violations and atrocities against the Iraqi people to go unnoticed. That’s why they intend to prevent reporters from covering local news in places like Mosul,” Sabaawi said.
The Iraqi official told ARA News that the decision has been issued by the ISIS-linked Sharia Court in Nineveh province earlier this month, and that the group has subsequently arrested dozens of media activists and journalists “who do not serve the agenda of the alleged caliphate”.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef
Source: ARA News