IS ‘police’ official beheaded

Updated 08 January 2015

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.


Militant group says cease-fire reached to fighting in Gaza

Updated 52 min 50 sec ago

Militant group says cease-fire reached to fighting in Gaza

  • Spokesman Musab Al-Berim says the Egyptian-brokered deal went into effect at 5:30 a.m. Thursday
  • The fighting broke out early Tuesday after Israel killed a senior commander of the militant group

GAZA: A militant group says a cease-fire has been reached to end two days of heavy fighting with Israel.

Spokesman Musab Al-Berim says the Egyptian-brokered deal went into effect at 5:30 a.m. (0330 GMT) Thursday.

He says the cease-fire was based on a list of demands presented by his group late Wednesday, including a halt to Israeli targeted killings of the group’s leaders.

The fighting broke out early Tuesday after Israel killed a senior commander of the militant group.

There was no immediate comment from Israel.