Footage showing the brutal execution of three people has gone viral on social media. The video, sent to Syria Report, shows a number of men, some of them armed, holding a man down, with his hands bound.
Two militants proceed to take turns in beheading the man. One of the men has a handheld transceiver clipped to his waist, while another carries handcuffs.
After the man is decapitated, the victim’s head is held up to the apparent cheers to the captors.
After the mans headless body is dumped into what looks like a pre-dug pit, two women are seen being marched toward the place where the man was beheaded. After some fumbling with the assault rifle, perhaps arguing over who should carry out the execution, the two women are repeatedly shot. There bodies, like the beheaded man, are dumped into the pit.
The logo superimposed over the video, is reportedly that of the Ba’ath Party brigades (media department), a pro-government militia from locals of the Ba’ath party, who work alongside the National Defense Forces in the Aleppo countryside and city.
The towns of Nubol and Zahra, close to where the executions took place, have been besieged by extremists groups for some time.
Al-Qaeda’s Jabhat al-Nusra and Free Syrian Army militants have besieged towns and villages in this region of Aleppo countryside, and the video’s publication follows a likely seizure of the footage consistent with Syrian army successes in the area.
It has been suggested that the two ginger-haired men in the video could be from the North Caucasus. Extremists from Chechnya and other areas have flocked to Syria since the start of the crisis.
A nasheed called “We are lions in war, unafraid”, popular with extremists, can be heard in the background and is consistent with many videos published by Al-Qaeda affiliates in Iraq.
According to the original video, the three civilians were executed for “heresy”.
UPDATE: Source believes she has identified the red-haired man with the black jacket from earlier footage. More on this as we get it.
UPDATE: Less-edited footage has been released, showing images of the militants. See below.
UPDATE: Truthloader has a story on the video. A narrated clip is available below.