15yo boy beheaded by ISIS for listening to pop music – report

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Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has reportedly beheaded a 15-year-old boy for listening to pop music in the jihadist stronghold of Mosul, northern Iraq.

The teenager, identified as Ayham Hussein, was captured by an IS patrol in central Mosul while listening to “western music” in his father’s grocery store in the Nabi Younis marketplace, according to the Kurdish news agency ARA News.

“He was referred to the Sharia Court, which issued a decision to execute him,” a spokesman for the Nineveh media center told the news outlet.

The IS jihadists are said to have beheaded the teenager publicly. On Tuesday evening Hussein’s body was allegedly handed to his family.

The incident is reported to have caused public outrage with local residents staging a protest at the home of the victim’s family.

“There was no formal decision by the Sharia Court that ban[ned] listening to western music,” a local source told ARA News.

Last week IS jihadists were reported to have executed two young men, aged 22-25, for failing to attend prayers at the main mosque in Mosul which was regarded as apostasy by the Sharia court.

“They were both shot dead in front of the Aisha Mosque in al-Nour neighborhood eastern Mosul on Sunday,” local media activist Abdulah al-Malla told ARA News.

“The execution took place after a member of the Sharia Court read a statement vowing anyone who misses the prayers at the mosque to face the same punishment,” he added.

Iraqi News’ online newspaper reported that IS had issued a fatwa that ordered the execution of anyone celebrating Valentine’s Day.

“The so-called al-Sharia Court in Mosul issued a fatwa to execute anyone who celebrates Valentine’s Day in the city because of the prohibition of these occasions,” Saeed Mamousini, media official in Kurdistan Democratic Party in Mosul told Iraqi News.

Mosul, the second biggest city in Iraq was captured by IS terrorists in early June, 2014, as part of full-scale offensive of jihadists in Northern Iraq. More than 7,500 Iraqis were killed and 15,000 injured as a result of violence, armed conflict, and acts of terrorism in 2015, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) data.