April 20, 2016: ISIS throws people off building in Iraq

On April 20, 2016 ISIS threw five people from the top of a high building to their deaths after accusing them of practicing sodomy in the city of Mosul

MOSUL, IRAQ – Few terrorist groups were as inventive in developing novel ways to kill as Islamic State (ISIS) was.

When we think of terrorist acts and the ways in which these actors have killed people I would imagine that a relatively small number of methods come immediately to mind. Over the last couple of decades the dominant MOs would be the use of guns, suicide belts, IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and, to a much lesser extent, simple tools like knives.

None of this should be taken to imply that there are not other ideas. 9/11, after all, showed how airplanes, normally seen as vectors for terrorists to hijack and/or take hostages for leverage, could be missiles in themselves. There is really no limit to the imagination of those who want to use violence in the furtherance of a cause.

Hey! You can take an eye out with that! (Photo: Gary Todd on Flickr, Public Domain)

Yet there does not seem to have been any real rival to ISIS when it comes to depraved killing. This particular bunch was chillingly evil.

On this day in 2016

The group threw two members and three civilians from the top of a high building to their deaths after accusing them of practicing sodomy in the city of Mosul. More specifically, they used the insurance company building in the area of Bab al-Tub in central Mosul.

The [ISIS] elements transferred the dead bodies to a remote area west of Mosul and buried them there.

Anonymous source

Hey, I get that LGBTQ rights are not accepted everywhere around the world and that there is still a lot of prejudice and rejection. But tossing people off a building?? Those who describe ISIS as the devil incarnate were not far off the mark.

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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