Gaziantep, Turkey – On Saturday, militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) executed two Kurdish young men from the village of Shadoud in the countryside of the city of al-Bab in northern Syria, arguing that they helped many IS-held prisoners escape, locals reported.
Speaking to ARA News, Yasin Ali an eyewitness from al-Bab, confirmed that since the early hours of Saturday’s morning, IS insurgents imposed a curfew on the entire city, and then brought two young men ــafter storming their houses in their village ــ to the city’s public square.
“The group asked people to gather in the square, declaring that the two young men would be executed because they helped prisoners flee,” the source added, pointing out that after a member of the IS read the execution statement, “they barbarically slaughtered them and hung their bodies in the city square”.
Ali said that the two victims were not active politically and had never visited the city of al-Bab since IS controlled the city, quoting a family member as saying: “How could the group accuse them of helping prisoners escape detention when they hadn’t left the village since the Islamic State took over al-Bab?”
“This indicates that the group wanted to use a scapegoat to justify to people why both victims deserved this penalty,” the source told ARA News.
A number of prisoners in the IS detentions in al-Bab were able to escape nearly two months ago and fled to areas out of the group’s control. This led the group to carry out a campaign of arrests among the Kurdish minority in the city, where hundreds of them were arrested, according to local activists.
Reporting by: Beri Ali
Source: ARA News
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