IS ‘police’ official beheaded

Updated 08 January 2015
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IS ‘police’ official beheaded

BEIRUT: A senior figure in Islamic State’s police force in Syria, which has carried out beheadings, was himself found decapitated in the eastern province of Deir Al-Zor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday.
The man was an Egyptian national and was known as the deputy “emir” of the Al-Hesbah force in the province, the British-based Observatory said. His body, which showed signs of torture, was found near a power plant in Al-Mayadeen city, it said.
The message “This is evil, you Sheikh” was also found written on the corpse, which had a cigarette in its mouth. It was not clear who had carried out the beheading. Residents in areas controlled by Islamic State have said the group has banned smoking in public.
Unknown assailants also tried to kill two Islamic State militants in the city. The first attempt was when a car tried to run over a fighter near a roundabout. Another was hit by an attacker carrying a metal weapon and traveling by motorcycle, and was seriously wounded.
Residents and activists say IS has beheaded and stoned to death many people in areas it controls for being enemy fighters or for actions they see as violating Islamic law, such as adultery and blasphemy.


Morocco navy fires on migrant boat, one dead: local officials

Updated 35 min 27 sec ago
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Morocco navy fires on migrant boat, one dead: local officials

  • The patrol was “forced” to open fire on a speedboat driven by a Spaniard who “refused to obey” orders
  • Four migrants were wounded, including a Moroccan woman who died of her injuries in hospital

RABAT: Morocco’s navy on Tuesday fired on a boat carrying migrants which refused to respond to its orders, leaving a Moroccan woman dead and three other people wounded, local officials said.
The patrol was “forced” to open fire on a speedboat driven by a Spaniard who “refused to obey” orders in waters off the Moroccan locality of M’diq-Fnideq, the authorities said in a statement.
Four migrants were wounded, including a Moroccan woman who died of her injuries in hospital, a local official told AFP.
Those on board the powerboat were lying down and could not be seen, the official said.
The Spanish driver was unharmed and later arrested, according to the same source, adding an investigation had been opened.
Morocco — a key route for sub-Saharan Africans trying to reach Europe via Spain — said this month it has foiled 54,000 bids so far in 2018 by illegal migrants to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.
The figures included 7,100 Moroccans for the period until the end of August, according to figures released last week by the Moroccan government spokesman.
Since early 2018, Spain has recorded more than 38,000 arrivals by sea and land, according to the International Organization for Migration.
Since the beginning of September, social media networks in Morocco have been inundated with videos showing young people from the North African country heading to Spain aboard inflatable boats.