By Tom Wyke
Activists inside Syria have revealed that an ISIS fighter has executed his own mother in Raqqa after he reported her for trying to persuade him to leave the jihadi group.
The act was witnessed by a large crowd in front of the postal building inside the ISIS stronghold in Syria, according to activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently.
Ali Saqr al-Qasem used an assault rifle to execute his mother Lena, 45, in front of a large crowd.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights have revealed that Ms al-Qasem was also accused of trying to persuade her son to abandon ISIS and flee Syria with her.
Fearing for his own safety within the brutal organisation, it appears Ali reported his mother, leading to her arrest.
It is likely she was subjected to a trial in the local Islamic court, situated near the roundabout where notorious British jihadi Mohammed Emwazi was killed in an airstrike.
It is unclear why Ali was given the task of executing his own mother. However it is possible he may requested to carry out the harrowing act or more likely he was ordered to do it as a test of loyalty.
Ms al-Qasem was executed outside the postal building, where it is thought she used to work.