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6/10/2013 (2 years ago)

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Al-Qaeda group kills teenager in full view of parents

A 15-year-old Syrian boy was shot and killed in full view of his parents after he made what an al-Qaeda group considered "heretical." The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the grisly execution took place in the northern city of Aleppo.

Fighters of the jihadist group Al-Nusra Front stand on the top of a pick-up mounted with a machine gun during fightings against the regime forces

Fighters of the jihadist group Al-Nusra Front stand on the top of a pick-up mounted with a machine gun during fightings against the regime forces


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

6/10/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Syria, execution, heresy, Aleppo, Mohammad Qataa

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the pro-opposition monitoring group, the boy, Mohammad Qataa was shot in the face and neck a day after being seized.

"The Observatory cannot ignore these crimes, which only serve the enemies of the revolution and the enemies of humanity," said the group's leader Rami Abdulrahman. The group is based in Britain and uses a network of observers across Syria.

A photo released by the Observatory showed Qataa's face with his mouth and jaw bloodied and destroyed, as well as a bullet wound in his neck.

The group based its report on witness accounts of the killing, said Qataa, who was a street vendor selling coffee in the working-class Shaar neighborhood. The boy had been arguing with someone when he was overheard saying: "Even if the Prophet Mohammad comes down (from heaven), I will not become a believer."

The gunmen, who belong to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a militant group that started off known as the Nusra Front, took the boy on Saturday and brought him back alive in the early hours of Sunday to his wooden stand, with whiplash marks visible on his body.

"People gathered around him and a member of the fighting brigade said: 'Generous citizens of Aleppo, disbelieving in God is polytheism and cursing the prophet is polytheism. Whoever curses even once will be punished like this."

"He then fired two bullets from an automatic rifle in view of the crowd and in front of the boy's mother and father, and got into a car and left," the report said.

The boy's mother had pleaded with the killers, whose language suggested that they might not be Syrian, not to shoot her son. Qataa's parents said the youth had taken part in pro-democracy demonstrations in Aleppo.


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