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Islamic State throws men off building for ‘being gay’

In a series of photos, group depicts gruesome executions of various alleged criminals, including thieves and an unfaithful woman

A man accused of homosexuality is led to the edge of a tall building by Islamic State fighters before being hurled down to his death (screen capture)
A man accused of homosexuality is led to the edge of a tall building by Islamic State fighters before being hurled down to his death (screen capture)

Islamic State has published disturbing pictures of what it says are the executions of two homosexual men in Iraq — shown being thrown off a high-rise rooftop to their deaths.

The organization has also released images of two men being crucified for theft, and a woman being stoned to death for infidelity.

The two men, accused of being gay, are seen being led to the edge of a tall building as a large crowd gathers below to watch. The men are then photographed falling through the air. A later photograph shows their broken bodies laying on the ground.

Additional photographs show two men accused of stealing as they are tied crucifix-style to a metal frame, their eyes blindfolded as a masked IS member reads the charges.

An Islamic State fighter reads the charges against two alleged thieves as they are seen crucified in the background (screen capture)
An Islamic State fighter reads the charges against two alleged thieves as they are seen crucified in the background (screen capture)

Two other IS militants then shoot the two in the head, killing them.

A final killing depicts woman draped in an all-black niqab as she is led to her stoning, on charges of infidelity.

IS members are seen hurling rocks at her and waving the IS flag. Finally her limp body is covered with a tarpaulin.

A woman in a niqab is led by Islamic State members to her stoning after being found guilty of infidelity (screen capture)
A woman in a niqab is led by Islamic State members to her stoning after being found guilty of infidelity (screen capture)

On Tuesday the jihadist group released a video on purporting to show a young boy executing two men accused of working for Russian intelligence services.

The video shows the two men apparently being shot dead by the child after being interrogated on camera about their alleged attempts to infiltrate IS in Syria.

Entitled “Uncovering an Enemy Within” in English, the video is narrated in Russian and opens with the interrogation of one of the men, who says he is a Kazakh citizen.

He says he was recruited by Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) to get close to an unnamed IS fighter.

The second man, who does not give his nationality but says he worked for the FSB in Russia previously, says he was tasked with killing an unnamed IS fighter.

Both men say they were told to collect and transmit information about IS fighters in Syria.

After the interrogations, the video cuts to an outdoors scene, where a bearded adult IS fighter in military-style clothes is standing next to a young boy armed with a pistol.

The man recites religious verses and says the two men are in the “custody of the lion cubs” of IS’s self-declared Islamic “caliphate”.

The boy has long hair and is dressed in a black zip-up sweater and military-style trousers.

The two men, dressed in matching grey outfits, are kneeling before the man and the child, who steps forward and shoots both men once in the head and then several times again after they collapse.

IS is believed to have executed thousands of people since its violent take over of large parts of Syria and Iraq last year. It has held multiple foreign hostages, including a number of Western journalists and aid workers, beheading five of them in gruesome videos published online.

IS has declared an Islamic “caliphate” in territory it holds and has been accused of myriad crimes and human rights abuses.

AFP contributed to this report.

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