Mohamed would be proud.
Syrian extremist group posts hand amputation photos on Twitter
An extremist Syrian group took to Twitter Friday to live-tweet pictures of rebels helping to chop off the hand of an alleged thief.
The amputation happened in the rural town of Maskanah in the northern province of Aleppo, according to a series of posts on a Twitter account belonging to a supporter of the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
The first photo showed rebels positioning the hand of a blindfolded man on a table as a large crowd looked on, the Washington Post reported Friday. A masked man nearby is holding a large sword. Another man, wearing the traditional white robe favored in Arab Gulf countries, reads from a paper statement.
The photo caption suggests the blindfolded man is a thief who had asked to have his hand cut off “in order to cleanse his sins.”
In a second picture posted a few minutes later, it is clear the sword is about to strike the victim’s hand while two men restrain him. A third picture posted an hour later showed a close up of the victim’s severed hand separated from his arm and the bloody sword hovering over a red puddle on the table. The man appears to be passed out.