An Islamic State affiliate in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula released a new video purporting to show how its militants forced a man they accused of spying for Israel to dig his own grave before shooting him in the back of the head.
The Times of Israel reported that Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which has pledged loyalty to the Islamic State group, posted the video with the harsh images showing the bearded man they accused of spying for Israel’s Mossad digging a grave that would be utilized just moments later.
Excerpts of the video showed the man first speaking on the phone. He was then shown digging a grave while wearing an orange jumpsuit like those seen in Islamic State execution videos that have emerged from Iraq, Syria and Libya.
While he digs, a militant in camouflage fatigues stands behind him, holding a pistol.
The video is embellished with the military style Arabic chants typically heard in Islamic State videos. Later, the pistol-wielding militant uses the weapon to shoot the captive, who is on his knees, in the back of the head.
It’s not the first time the group has carried out the brutal practice of forcing captives to dig their own graves before being executed.
Two videos emerged from Syria last month showing similar ceremonies: In a video posted at the end of May, a man accused of spying for President Bashar Assad’s army was forced to dig his own grave before being beheaded. Another video released earlier that month also showed men being shot into graves they had dug themselves.