IS beheads 5 youths accused of espionage in Syria

Cairo, Dec 10 (IANS) Banned militant outfit the Islamic State beheaded five young persons in Syria’s central province of Homs, accusing them of working as spies for rival rebel factions, a British war monitoring group said on Saturday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said IS had released a video showing the murders in a desert area in southeastern Homs, with the five victims shown to be handcuffed and inside sacks, Efe news agency reported.

IS released the footage showing the captured youths, who acknowledged they had been in contact with two insurgent groups to work as “spies” and offered information on the positions of the terrorist organisation in the areas of al-Alianiya and Badiyat Homs.

The youths were beheaded by IS militants after their apparent confession.

SOHR also reported warplanes and helicopters continued attacks on areas taken on Wednesday and Thursday by IS in the eastern districts of Homs.