ISIS-affiliated militants in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula have reportedly decapitated a 100-year-old Sufi cleric who was accused of practicing witchcraft. The group released disturbing photos of the beheading online.
Sheikh Sulaiman Abu Haraz, 100, was made to wear an orange jumpsuit and beheaded by jihadists in Sinai, Daily Mail reports. Haraz had been accused of "practicing witchcraft." Militants reportedly kidnapped Haraz from his home in Arish two weeks earlier, carrying out his execution without a trial.
Another man, Said Abdel-Fatah, was also reportedly killed by militants at the same time. Images of the two executions were posted online by members of extremist militant group associated with ISIS, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, which translates as "supporters of Jerusalem."
Graphic images captured by members of the terror group show Haraz kneeling forward on an executioner's block, as a hooded jihadist cloaked in black uses a long sword to cut off his head.
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After Haraz's death, members of the terrorist group who were watching the execution raised a one-fingered salute, according to Metro.
Haraz had reportedly been "one of the symbolic Sufi clerics and elders of the Sinai Peninsula" before his death. Sufi Muslims in Sinai and elsewhere have been targeted by ISIS for their differing religious beliefs, according to the Mirror.
The terror group has had a presence in the Sinai Peninsula since 2014, when Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis aligned with ISIS.
The executions come in the wake of terror attacks and an alleged plot to assassinate Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef.
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An attack in October 2015 that ISIS claimed credit for killed 224 people on an aircraft that had been rigged with a bomb that went off shortly after it left Sinai's main resort city, Sharm El-Sheikh.