Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have stoned a woman to death who was accused of adultery in Northern Syria, according to the U.K.’s Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
ISIS has been gaining control in both Iraq and Syria by carrying out an increasing amount of violent acts, although this execution marks their first exercise of judicial power in the region.
According to the Al Arabiya News, the attack took place in a public square in the city of Tabaqa, in an area primarily held by ISIS.
Information about the woman who received the punishment is relatively unknown, although it has been reported that she was in her 30s and possibly a widow.
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According to the International Business Times, ISIS allegedly stoned another woman to death after her new husband found out that she was not a virgin. This execution took place less than 24 hours after the first.
These public displays of capital punishment represent ISIS’s control over the region as well as their dedication to carrying out extremist Sharia law. The group seeks to create an Islamic state that straddles the Syria and Iraqi border.
Photo Sources: BBC News, Al Arabiya News