A group of Islamic militants has claimed responsibility for the killing of a Christian woman in southern Iraq, accusing her of apostasy and blasphemy.
“The murder of her is a barbaric act of terrorism that we have not heard before,” Ibrahim Ali Al-Bakri, the leader of the Islamic State group in Iraq, said in a video posted on its Twitter account.
“The Islamic State is a group that does not tolerate apostasy, and we condemn this act as an apostasy,” he added.
Iraqi security officials said in August that the woman, who was believed to be in her 30s, had been abducted in the western city of Falluja and brought to the remote city of Tuz Khurmatu.
The woman’s relatives and police say she was killed by unidentified men after she refused to convert to Islam and married a Christian man.
She was believed killed at a checkpoint on the Tigris River, a short distance from her home in the city.
A video released by the Islamic Jihad group in January showed a group of men in civilian clothes carrying her off a hillside, apparently while she was still holding her husband’s hand.
The group claimed responsibility.