RAQQA – The Islamic State (ISIS) publicly amputated the hands of two of its own militants on Friday.
Two members of the ISIS-controlled Islamic Police, also known as al-Hisba, were charged with stealing a car and military equipment from a weapons depot in Syria’s northeastern Raqqa Governorate.
Hassan al-Raqawi, a local media activist, told ARA News: “Islamic State publicly cut off the hands of the two Hisba members in central Raqqa on Friday evening.”
“They were caught in a stolen car earlier on Thursday. The sharia court said that the two suspects have also stolen military equipment that belonged to the Islamic State,” the activist reported.
ISIS called on the people of Raqqa City to witness the public mutilation. Raqqa serves as a de facto capital of the self-declared Caliphate.
“Hundreds of people gathered in the Market Square of Raqqa City and watched the chopping of the two men’s hands,” an eyewitness told ARA News.
According to activists, by punishing its own militants in public, ISIS tried to demonstrate that sharia law is being applied evenly. ISIS wants the public to know that it won’t allow any violations, even when the violations are committed by its own members.
Reporting by: Chalak Haji
Source: ARA News