Report: ISIS publicly beheads three men in Iraq, two for alleged homosexual acts

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An executioner stands with the sword poised above a man's head as a large crowd gathers to watch. The images did not show the claimed beheadings and their authenticity could not be independently verified.

An executioner stands with the sword poised above a man’s head as a large crowd gathers to watch. The images did not show the claimed beheadings and their authenticity could not be independently verified.

BAGHDAD, Iraq — The Islamic State (ISIS) has publicly beheaded three men in northern Iraq, two of them for allegedly engaging in homosexual acts, reports AFP.

The jihadist group, which controls swathes of Iraq and neighbouring Syria, has carried out hundreds of executions as it has imposed its brutal version of Islamic law, many of them photographed or videotaped.

The latest images did not show the claimed beheadings and their authenticity could not be independently verified.

A series of photographs shows the blindfolded men kneeling in the centre of what appears to be a traffic circle with a crowd of people looking on as a masked, black-clad executioner stands by with a long, rusty blade.

Accompanying captions said the trio were then executed, the third of them for alleged blasphemy.

The photos were alleged to have been taken in Nineveh province, the first to fall to a sweeping ISIS-led offensive last June, however the exact location was not specified.

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