Islamic State militants executed two former female parliamentary candidates in Mosul after they were sentenced to death in a Sharia court established by the brutal jihadist gang, Kurdish media service Rudaw reports.
“ISIS gunmen executed two former female candidates in Mosul after the Sharia Court issued death sentence on them,” Saad Mamuzin, the head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, told Rudaw.
The women, who ran in Iraq’s parliamentary elections race last April, were identified as Ibtisam Ali Jarjis and Miran Ghazi.
Rudaw notes that “according to the KDP official, the two candidates had repented in one of the [Islamic State] mosques in Mosul to spare their lives three months ago, but the Islamic judge overruled their repentance and the two women were arrested about three weeks ago.”
In September, the jihadist group executed three women in Mosul, including two doctors and another parliamentary candidate.
Large swaths of Syria and Iraq have fallen into the hands of Islamic State (IS, ISIS, or ISIL) militants.
ISIS jihadists solidified their control of Mosul after they stormed the city in June. The jihadist group has established Sharia law courts there.
Last month, the United Nations, in a scathing report, accused ISIS of “attacks directly targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure, executions and other targeted killings of civilians, abductions, rape and other forms of sexual and physical violence.”
A U.S.-led coalition has been targeting ISIL targets in Iraq and Syria with airstrikes for months now, while helping Kurdish forces on the ground in their efforts to destroy the jihadists.