In a new example of Islamic State barbarity, a member of the terror group killed his mother in a public execution in Syria, it was reported Friday.
Ali Saqr, 21, is said to have killed his mother in front of several hundred people for what ISIS called apostasy, or abandoning a political belief, The New York Times reported. The newspaper cited the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and a second group known as Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, which has been monitoring the Syrian war through sources on the ground there.
The man's mother was identified by Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently as Lena al-Qasem, reportedly 47. She is said to have urged her son to leave the Islamic State and flee Raqqa, the paper reported.
Saqr, a Syrian, is then said to have reported her comments to ISIS leaders who declared that she was guilty of apostasy and ordered her killed, according to The Times.