Three Muslims were publicly assaulted for breaking their Ramadan fast. The trio was caged, lashed, and publicly crucified, said a report by The Standard.
However, these are two separate incidents that occurred in eastern Syria, reportedly in towns held by the Islamic State.
Two victims from Mayadin were caught and whipped for breaking the holy fast. The duo was “publicly crucified” outside an Isis police station. The third victim was from Bukamal. He too suffered the same fate, according to The Standard.
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“The three were crucified and handed 70 lashes after being caged for several hours.They publicly caged them first so that people could see them and know they were sinners,” said Jalal Ahmed, head of Justice for Life Observatory, which monitors Isis abuses in the region.
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The reports of lashing and crucifying were confirmed by the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, The Standard reported.
Observatory head Rami Abdelrahman said the fast-breakers were hung up as an “example” and a warning to those who do not take Islam doctrine seriously.
He added: “We heard of similar instances happening in Raqqa two days ago.”
According to Daily Mail, police and anti-terrorism investigators have been alerted to the possibility that small groups of ISIS extremists from Syria have left for France and Belgium to stage more attacks. A shopping mall in Brussels, an eating joint in the US, and police could be among their targets.
According to The Independent, the US government has warned its citizens both at home and abroad to be alert to terror attacks by ISIS, as the radical Islamist terrorists seek to mark the Muslim holy month with violence.
The state department alert cited an audio message by the ISIS spokesman, Abu Mohammad al-Adnani.
According to Reuters, a new audio message from the spokesman of the Islamic State called upon the followers of ISIS to launch attacks in the US and Europe during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which began early June.
“Ramadan, the month of conquest and jihad. Get prepared, be ready… to make it a month of calamity everywhere for the non-believers… especially for the fighters and supporters of the caliphate in Europe and America,” said the audio message, suggesting attacks on military and civilian targets.
The authenticity of the audio clip, purporting to be from Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, could not be verified.
“The smallest action you do in their heartland is better and more enduring to us than what you would if you were with us. If one of you hoped to reach the Islamic State, we wish we were in your place to punish the Crusaders day and night,” Adnani said in the audio, according to a Reuters report.
CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank says that ISIS has instructed its supporters within the US to “launch a surge of attacks during Ramadan.”
During CNN’s coverage of the Orlando gay nightclub attack on Sunday morning, Cruickshank said that there are 800 “suspected radical extremists” in America with “sympathy with ISIS.”
“The vast majority of the American Muslim community absolutely rejects this is ISIS ideology. It’s really a very small minority in the United States, a slightly larger minority in Europe,” he said, according to Daily Caller.
“But that being said, there have been a thousand investigations opened by the FBI into radical extremists, suspected radical extremists in the United States. Eight hundred of those connections are of individuals who are believed to have some sympathy with ISIS. So there is a significant problem of radicalization in the United States. We’ve seen a string of plots and attacks over the last few years,” Cruickshank explained.
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