Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Philippines: Islamic State jihadis shooting people dead for failing to quote the Qur’an

Philippines: Islamic State jihadis shooting people dead for failing to quote the Qur’an

One might almost get the idea that this had something to do with Islam, if we didn’t have learned imams such as H. R. McMaster and Theresa May to explain to us otherwise.

“ISIS teenage fighters are ‘shooting people dead for failing to quote the Koran’ in besieged Philippines city as Duterte’s military warns jihadis to ‘surrender or die,'” by Gareth Davies, Mailonline, May 30, 2017:
Teenage ISIS fighters are said to be shooting people dead for failing to quote the Koran in a besieged Philippines city.
As 50,000 people fled the city of Marawi in the south of the country, some reported the terror they had left behind.
Terrified residents reported young jihadis taking orders from commanders in their early 20s to force people to recite verses of the Islamic scripture, but when they failed, they would be shot dead to a chorus of laughter.
Philippine authorities on Tuesday warned Islamist militants occupying parts of a southern city to surrender or die, as attack helicopters pounded the gunmen’s strongholds where up to 2,000 residents are still feared trapped.
More than 100 people have been confirmed killed in the conflict, which began last week when gunmen waving black flags of the Islamic State (IS) group rampaged through the mostly Muslim-populated city of Marawi.
Tens of thousands managed to flee and one woman told The Telegraph her decision to leave was sealed when she witnessed teenage jihadis laughing at innocent people being shot.
President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law across the entire southern region of Mindanao, home to roughly 20 million people, in response to the crisis as he warned that local militant groups were uniting behind IS and becoming a major security threat.
But the militants, initially estimated by the nation’s defence chief to number just 100, have withstood eight days of intense air assaults and street-to-street combat, prompting the government’s threats on Tuesday.
ISIS plan to burn a city
General Eduardo Ano, the military chief, said extremists had plotted to set Marawi ablaze entirely to project ISIS’ influence.
The extremists wanted to kill Christians in nearby Iligan city on Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, to mimic the violence seen by the world in Syria and Iraq, Ano said….
Marawi is regarded as the heartland of the Islamic faith on Mindanao island….
Up to 2,000 residents were trapped in areas held by the militants, according to the local government, and the International Committee of the Red Cross had voiced alarm they would be caught in the bombing raids or crossfire.
The militants also took a priest and up to 14 other people hostage at the start of the crisis, and their fate remains unknown….
The violence began when dozens of gunmen went on a rampage in response to an attempt by security forces to arrest Isnilon Hapilon, a veteran Filipino militant regarded as the local leader of ISIS.
Hapilon, a senior member of the Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom gang, is on the US government’s list of most-wanted terrorists.
He was being protected in Marawi by the local Maute group, which has pledged allegiance to ISIS.
Hapilon, the Maute and other militants had been planning a major attack on Marawi, one of the few Islamic cities in the mainly Catholic Philippines with a population of 200,000 people, armed forces chief General Eduardo Ano said.
He said they were planning to launch the assault to coincide with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which began on the weekend, but the raid on Hapilon triggered them to attack earlier, according to Ano….

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