DAMASCUS: The Al-Qaeda splinter group ISIS executed seven members of a single family from the Ismaili minority in the central Syrian province of Hama overnight, state media and a monitor said Monday.
“An armed terrorist group committed a massacre in the Mzeiraa area near the town of Salamiya, killing seven people, including two aged 13 and 15 years old,” state news agency SANA said.
The agency added that four other people had been injured.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group, also reported the deaths, saying the seven belonged to the Ismaili religious minority.
The group said some of them had been shot dead and others killed with knives, adding that the jihadists had also fired on homes in the area with artillery.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on August 05, 2014, on page 8.