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Islamists Group in Syria Executes Seven: Two by Crucifixion

The Islamist group known as The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which has been disavowed by Al-Qa’ida, announced on Tuesday that it has executed seven prisoners, two of them by crucifixion. The executed were accused of being behind an incident earlier this month in the town of Raqa in the Euphrates Valley in which a grenade was hurled at an ISIL member from a speeding motorcycle. In the explosion, a child was killed and a civilian man lost his leg.  The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights posted a photo of two men being crucified at a roundabout in Raqa. One of the men had a banner attached that read, “This man fought against Muslims and threw a grenade in this place,” according to the French news agency AFP.