An Islamic State jihadist executed his own mother in public after she tried to persuade him to quit, according to new reports. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war in Syria from London, said that a number of reliable local sources told it of the killing, which took place on Wednesday.
Activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) also reported the incident. It said that Ali Saqr al-Qasem, 20, shot his mother, Leena, in the head with an assault rifle in front of a large crowd. It is believed that Leena, 45, who lived in the town of Tabqa, near the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s capital Raqqa, but was originally from the coast, told her son she wanted to leave and wanted him to come with her.
He reported her to the group. “She was executed under the pretext of ‘inciting her son to leave the Islamic state and escaping together to the outside of Raqqa, and that the Coalition will kill all members of the organisation,” the Observatory reported. Her son executed her near the main post office building, where she worked. Hundreds of people gathered to witness the killing, as is common with such events.
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