Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State militants threw to death the son of the group’s most famous bladesmith, hours after executing his father, according to a local source.
“Daesh(Islamic State) executed the only son of the group’s most famous bladesmith, the so-called Abu Hamza al-Souri (Syrian),” the source told Alsumaria News.
The young man was thrown down from the rooftop of a high building in western Mosul, according to the source. The reason of his execution is still unknown, but a recent report by Alsumaria News had said IS adopted a similar execution style with men accused of homosexuality, a charge the network said was posed haphazardly.
The source revealed that al-Souri was sentenced to death on Sunday, slaughtered with a sword of his own making. The group accused him of “betraying the caliphate”, as he put it.
Since the Iraqi government launched a U.S.-backed offensive in mid October to retake Mosul from Islamic State, the extremist group has sustained severe losses in personnel and ground. It has also been ravaged with divisions and infighting, with reports of attempted dissent and executions of delinquent fighters growing. Some of its leaders were also mysteriously assassinated.
IS is still in control over most of western Mosul, and is bracing for a fresh round of encounters as security forces prepare to invade that region.