ISIS executes two for 'witchcraft' and 'spying' in Libya

2015-12-15 10:19


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Tripoli - The Islamic State jihadist group has executed a woman for "witchcraft" and a man accused of spying in its Libyan stronghold, news agencies close to the country's rival authorities said on Monday.

IS beheaded the Moroccan woman in a public square and shot dead a Palestinian man for alleged spying in the coastal city of Sirte, said the agency close to the internationally recognised government.

The jihadists also chopped off a Libyan's hand for stealing, witnesses told it and a rival Tripoli-based news agency.

Libya has had rival administrations since August 2014, when an Islamist-backed militia alliance overran Tripoli, forcing the government to take refuge in the east.

IS has exploited chaos and insecurity in Libya since the 2011 fall of Moamer Kadhafi to extend its influence in the North African country.

The group claimed control of Sirte, Kadhafi's hometown some 430 km east of the capital, in June.

The group is trying to spread toward Ajdabiya, a city controlled by loyalist forces and located between Sirte and Benghazi in an area where most of the country's oil and gas terminals are located.

According to a UN report issued in December, IS has between 2 000 and 3 000 fighters in Libya, including 1 500 in Sirte.

But the jihadists face "strong resistance from the population as well as difficulties in building and maintaining local alliances", the report said.

Read more on:    isis  |  libya

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.