An Islamic State fighter executed his own mother in front of hundreds of people because she reportedly asked him to leave the terrorist group, a Syrian rights group said on Friday.
The fighter – identified as 20-year-old Ali Saqr in some media reports – killed his mother in the Syrian city of Raqqa, which is the main stronghold of the IS, on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on its website .
The woman, originally from the city of al-Tabaqa and in her forties, was executed “in front of hundreds of people near the post office building” in Raqqa where she was employed, the rights group quoted its sources as saying.
The IS “arrested” the woman and accused her of apostasy after her son turned her in, the group said. She was executed for allegedly “inciting her son to leave the Islamic State and escaping together”. She had also reportedly told him that coalition forces would kill all members of the IS.
The incident was also reported by the rights group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently.
Since it captured parts of Syria and Iraq, the IS has built up a reputation of carrying out beheadings and mass executions and filming them for propaganda videos that are posted on online jihadi forums.