Islamic State militant publicly executes own mother, monitor says

A young militant has executed his mother in public in Syria because she asked him to leave the Islamic State terrorist militia, a monitoring group reported Friday.

The execution was carried out Thursday by the 20-year-old man in front of hundreds of people in the city of al-Raqqa, the Islamic State de facto capital in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The woman, a Syrian in her forties, had advised the son to desert the al-Qaeda splinter group and join her in fleeing al-Raqqa, according to the watchdog.

She was also quoted as telling him that a US-led coalition mounting an air campaign in Syria would kill all Islamic State jihadists.

The son reportedly informed the radical group against his mother. She was detained, charged with inciting hatred against Islamic State and condemned to death.

Islamic State, which is also active in Iraq and Libya, rules vast territory of Syria.

The extremist militants are increasingly the target of airstrikes separately launched by the US-led coalition and Russia in Syria, after the group claimed a string of deadly attacks around the world in recent months.

Last update: Fri, 08/01/2016 - 15:39

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