ISIS beheads young Kurdish man in Syria’s Raqqa


Rudi Najmaddin Ahmed, 22, was beheaded by IS militants in Syria's Raqqa on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. File photo

ARA News

Urfa, Turkey – Thursday morning, extremists of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) executed a Kurdish young man on charges of “insulting the Divine” in Syria’s northeastern city of Raqqa, local sources reported.

Rudi Najmaddin Ahmed, 22, a first year student at the English Department at Tartus University, was reportedly kidnapped by the group before being beheaded in detention on Thursday. 

Speaking to ARA News in Raqqa, a media activist, who preferred anonymity, said that IS radicals kidnapped Ahmed nearly one month ago “on charges of smoking”.

Under the rule of the Islamic State group, smoking is forbidden, and violators are being severely punished, according to locals. 

“However, the statement released by the IS terrorists before beheading the young Kurdish man referred to ‘insulting the divine’ as a pretext for the execution,” the source said.  

“Although the beheading was announced, the victim’s corpse wasn’t delivered to his family.”

Ahmed was from the village of Bastak (30 km west of Kobane) in the province of Aleppo, in northern Syria, and was staying with his family in the IS-held city of Raqqa. 

Noteworthy, IS militants executed dozens of young Kurds on various charges in the province of Raqqa and its surrounding area, while dozens of them are still held in IS detention centers. 

Among the detainees were five men from the city of Tel Abyad (Gire Spi) in Raqqa countryside, who were abducted by the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham and al-Nusra Front on July 21, 2013, and later handed over to the Islamic State militants, according to their family members.


Reporting by: Redwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

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