According to Reuters, Islamic State (IS) militants beheaded seven men and three women in a northern Kurdish area of Syria, a human rights monitoring group said on Wednesday (October 1), part of what it described as a campaign to frighten residents resisting IS' advance.
The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human, Rights Rami Abdulrahman, said five anti-Islamic State Kurdish fighters, including three women, and four Syrian Arab rebels were detained and beheaded on Tuesday 14 kilometers (8 miles) west of Kobani, a Kurdish town besieged by IS near the Turkish border.
He said a Kurdish male civilian was also beheaded.
"I don't know why they were arrested or beheaded. Only IS knows why. They want to scare people," he said.
COMMENT: REUTERS could not independently verify the information.
IS fighters have carried out several beheadings of enemy fighters and civilians in Syria and Iraq.
The beheadings are often carried out in public and with a message that any violent or non-violent dissent with not be tolerated.
When fighting Sunni Mulsim tribes in eastern Syria, IS has used beheadings to scare local leaders to withdraw from the battlefield. The group has also beheaded foreign journalists and an aid worker.