Pictures being shared online show a banner attached to the teenager’s chest saying the boy has been crucified for taking photos of ISIS military bases and receiving 500 Turkish lira for any footage taken.
— الرقة تذبح بصمت (@Raqqa_Sl) October 17, 2014
Independent The message describes the ruling for the alleged crime as “apostasy” and states the teenager has been “killed and crucified for a period of three days” as the punishment. The alleged execution comes after it emerged Isis militants had beheaded their own fighters for spying and espionage.
It is not known who took the picture, which was circulated across social media by some Isis supporters on Friday. Charlie Winter, Programs Officer at counter-extremism think tank the Quilliam Foundation, said crucifixion is a prescribed punishment meted out by Isis for specific crimes.
He told The Independent: “Crucifixion has been used many times before – it’s an age-old punishment dealt out to people who have committed treason.” All photos below are ISIS crucifixions: