The Islamic State (Isis) has released a new gruesome video showing the brutal execution of two men accused of being sorcerers in Tripoli, Libya. The nearly eight minute long video shows a group of people being flogged surrounded by a crowd of onlookers before the two men are beheaded by masked militants.
The new video, entitled "And the Magician Will Not Succeed Wherever He Is," begins by displaying the alleged evidence of sorcery practice against one of the men. Then, the video moves to a public square surrounded by a large crowd of men. It then cuts to various people being flogged by militants for various offences against Isis's (Daesh) version of sharia law.
The two men accused of practicing magic are then brought in wearing the orange jumpsuits trademark of executions committed by Daesh. Daesh executioners are seen sharpening their swords before beheaded the elderly men. As the executioners behead the men, the surrounding crowd can be heard yelling "Allahu Akbar". The video ends with the headless bodies of the prisoners being placed into an ambulance.
According to the Daily Mail, there is an estimated 2,000 Daesh jihadis in Libya. The influx of terrorist militants has led to sharia law and gruesome public punishments being carried out. Officials in the US and the UK have reportedly ordered surveillance of central Libya to gather intelligence amid fears that Daesh may move its central base there, the Daily Mail noted.
On 7 December, the Pentagon confirmed that the senior Daesh leader in Libya and the senior leader of the al Qaeda-affiliated group Al-Shabaab in Somalia were killed by US military air strikes. The senior Daesh leader in Libya, Abu Nabil, or Wissam Najm Abd Zayd al Zubaydi, was killed during a 13 November air strike.
"While not the first US strike against terrorists in Libya, this was the first US strike against an Isil leader in Libya and it demonstrates we will go after Isil leaders wherever they operate," Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement, using another term for Daesh. Meanwhile, Abdirahman Sadhere and two other Al-Shabbab-affilates were killed during an air stroke in Somalia on 2 December.