Qamishli, Syria – Militants of the Islamic State (IS) beheaded a 22-year-old student in the city of Deir ez-Zor, in eastern Syria, earlier this week.
Qassim Muhammed Jumaa, a university student at the Faculty of Arts in al-Furat University of Deir ez-Zor, was on his way to take his exam when a security checkpoint held by IS militants stopped him.
“When they searched his mobile phone they saw a picture of President Bashar al-Assad in the photo gallery, then accused him of supporting Assad regime and captured him,” a colleague of Jumaa who was accompanying him during the incident told ARA News. “After two days in detention, IS militants beheaded Jumaa in public.”
“That was a big shock to me and Jumaa’s family,” the colleague (who preferred anonymity) said. “Innocent people are being brutally slaughtered for no reason.”
A family member of the victim stated to ARA News that the family was invited to witness the beheading of their son.
“IS militants obliged the family members to join the crowd and watch with their own eyes how Qassim was executed. The parents were in a state of panic. It was a shock to all of us,” he said.
Noteworthy, two members of Jumaa family have recently joined the ranks of the National Defence Army, an Arab tribal group known for its loyalty to the Syrian regime. The National Defence Army is mainly active in Hasakah province.
Militants of the Islamic State (IS), and al-Qaeda offshoot, claimed control of Deir ez-Zor province last month, after fierce clashes with anti-Assad rebels.
Reporting by: Dilshad Mohammed
Source: ARA News
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