A self-declared police force loyal to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria decapitated four men in western Syria after accusing them of blasphemy, a rights group monitoring the Syrian conflict said on Saturday according to Middle East news.
The men were beheaded in the countryside east of the city of Homs by the militant group’s “Islamic Police”, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The Observatory, which monitors the conflict using sources on the ground, reported a similar killing on Tuesday, when ISIS beheaded a man in a town square in the north of the country.
Residents and activists say ISIS has beheaded and stoned to death many people in areas it controls in Syria and Iraq for actions they see as violating their reading of Islamic law, such as adultery, homosexuality, stealing and blasphemy.
The Observatory also reported on Saturday that ISIS had stoned a man and a woman to death for adultery in Manbij town in northern Syria after Friday prayers.
ISIS police have also accused the top editor of a leading English-language newspaper of blasphemy after the paper published a cartoon depicting the flag of the militant Islamic State group that allegedly insulted Islam.
The cartoon published July 3 put a skull and crossbones in the black-and-white flag of the militant Islamic State group and left sacred phrases in Arabic, including “Allah,” that appear on the flag inside the skull.
The paper has apologized and retracted the cartoon, but an Islamic group, Jakarta Mubalig Corps, filed a complaint to the police, arguing that the case should be brought to the court.
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