ISIS Militants Behead Street Magician in Syria

The man, whom children called Sorcerer, was accused by ISIS of being anti-God because he created 'illusions and falsehoods.'

Raqqa
An Islamic State militant displays the organization's flag in Raqqa, Reuters

A Syrian street magician who entertained passers-by with his tricks has been beheaded by Islamic State militants, the Daily Mirror reported.

The magician was arrested while doing an impromptu performance in the ISIS-occupied city of Raqqa. He was subsequently beheaded in a public square.

ISIS said his tricks were anti-Islam and an insult to God because they created "illusions and falsehood."

A Raqqa resident who later fled to Turkey described the killing as “barbarism and butchery,” the Mirror reported.

"The magician was a popular man who entertained people with little tricks on the street like making coins disappear," the Raqqa resident said.

"He was just called Sorcerer by people and children loved him. He was doing nothing anti-Islamic but he paid for it with his life."

Before it was occupied by the Islamic State, Raqqa was one of the most liberal and tolerant places in Syria, with a mix of religions living side-by-side.