Syria Anti-IS Activist, Friend Beheaded in Turkey

Syria Anti-IS Activist, Friend Beheaded in TurkeySyria Anti-IS Activist, Friend Beheaded in Turkey

The beheaded bodies of a Syrian activist opposed to the Islamic State militant group and his friend were found early Friday in the southern Turkish city of Sanliurfa, his group told AFP.

Ibrahim Abdul Qader, 20, and his friend Fares Hamadi “were found beheaded at the friend’s house this morning”, Abu Mohammad, a founder of the “Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently” group, said via the Internet.

The group, which documents abuses in areas under IS control in Syria, accused the militant group of the murders on its Facebook page.

According to Abu Mohammad, both men were from Raqqa city, the de facto capital of IS in Syria. Hamadi was also in his early 20s.

Abdul Qader had escaped to Turkey a little over a year ago.

“Members of the activist group had been killed inside Syria in the past, but this is the first time a member had been killed outside the country,” Abu Mohammad added.

Turkey’s Dohan news agency reported on Friday that “two Syrian journalists were beheaded” in Sanliurfa, and that seven Syrians had been arrested by Turkish police.

Sanliurfa is 55 kilometers (35 miles) from Turkey’s border with Syria’s Raqa province, a major IS stronghold in the country.

Turkey has long been accused by Syrian opposition activists, Kurdish fighters and sometimes even Western partners of allowing IS members to slip back and forth across its 911-kilometer (566-mile) frontier with Syria.

Bloody bomb attacks in southern Turkey, including an attack in July that claimed 32 lives in Suruc, have been blamed on IS, though the group has never claimed responsibility for the blasts.