BEIRUT (Reuters) – A senior figure in Islamic State’s self-declared police force in Syria, which has carried out beheadings, was himself found decapitated in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday.
The man was an Egyptian national and was known as the deputy “emir” of the al-Hesbah force in the province, the British-based Observatory said.
His body, which showed signs of torture, was found near a power plant in al-Mayadeen city, it said.
Islamic State, an offshoot of al-Qaeda, has seized land in Syria and neighbouring Iraq and has been the target of US-led air strikes in both countries since September.
The Observatory, which gathers information from a network of sources on the ground, said the message “This is evil, you Sheikh” was also found written on the corpse, which had a cigarette in its mouth.
It was not clear who had carried out the beheading.
Residents in areas controlled by Islamic State have said the group has banned smoking in public.
Unknown assailants also tried to kill two Islamic State militants in the city, the Observatory said.
The first attempt was when a car tried to run over a fighter near a roundabout.
Another was hit by an attacker carrying a metal weapon and travelling by motorcycle, and was seriously wounded.