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ISIS terrorists ‘lined up in street and executed by rival jihadists’

Ten ISIS members have been executed in Syria in retaliation for a suicide attack on a restaurant, according to reports.

The jihadists were shot my members of rival group Tahrir al-Sham.

Although the groups share the same hardcore ideology, they are violently opposed to each other.

News agency Ebaa reports that the executions took place following an ISIS attack at a restaurant in Idlib on Friday.

Tahrir al-Sham is a coalition of jihadist groups which includes al Qaeda’s former affiliate, the Nusra Front.

Islamic State has lost virtually all its territory to the Syrian army, backed by Russia, Iran and Shi’ite Muslim militias, and a rival campaign by Kurdish and Arab groups in the north supported by the United States.

Ebaa quoted Anis al-Shami, a security official from Tahrir al-Sham, saying that the executions "today at the scene of the crime are fair punishment which might deter them and wake them from their stupor".

It published images showing masked gunmen in fatigues firing handguns at the heads of 10 bearded men who sat in front of them on the pavement.

Reuters has so far been unable to independently verify the agency’s report.

Tahrir al-Sham is the main jihadist group in northwest Syria, with a large armed presence throughout Idlib including along the Turkish border.

Islamic State, which seized large swathes of territory in Syria and neighbouring Iraq in 2014, now faces final territorial defeat in a tiny enclave in eastern Syria.

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