ISIS terrorist in Raqqa, Syria (file)
ISIS terrorist in Raqqa, Syria (file)Reuters

The Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group is continuing with its policy of beheading, but this time has executed one of its own members.

AFP reported on Friday that the group executed a senior member who was accused of embezzling funds and theft.

"The Islamic State executed a senior leader in the group of Syrian nationality, beheading him and hanging his body on a cross" in eastern Deir Ezzor province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor told the news agency.

The man was accused of "taking money from Muslims... and embezzling Islamic State funds", the Britain-based monitor added.

The group distributed a photograph of the decapitated man, whose name was given as Jalaybeeb Abu Muntather, hanging from an improvised cross.

A large handwritten document attached to him carried details of the judgment, which it said was handed down by the "commander of the faithful" — the name used by ISIS for its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

It was unclear what role the man had played in ISIS, and when precisely he was killed, but his death was also reported across social media and by activists.

The Observatory said the execution was announced via loudspeakers in areas under ISIS control, and that he would be buried in a Muslim cemetery despite having been executed.

ISIS jihadists regularly execute those accused of a variety of crimes, ranging from robbery and rape to violations of the group's harsh interpretation of Islamic law.

The group’s has become notorious for its policy of beheading. It has already released videos showing the beheading of several Western hostages, including American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, as well as  British aid convoy volunteer Alan Henning.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)