Syrian soldiers loyal to president Bashar al-Assad have reportedly beheaded at least two Isis militants and shared their images on the popular mobile app WhatsApp.
According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a monitoring group with a network of local sources, the beheadings were carried out in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor.
The beheading images, which has also been shared on several other social networking sites, show Syrian soldiers posing with the decapitated heads of two Isis militants. One image shows the heads on the ground beside a stubbed cigarette.
Another image shows an open vehicle filled with dead bodies, while two heads are seen rolling on the ground.
According to SOHR's investigation, the Isis-style executions were reported on 23 March. However, SOHR claimed that the two Isis fighters were captured at the airbase of Deir Ezzor in December during clashes between Isis and the Syrian soldiers.
The rights group revealed that Assad's soldiers allegedly sent out the pictures to other Isis fighters from the cell phone of one of the Isis fighters killed by them.
The Syrian soldiers have reportedly said that "they beheaded them to take revenge for their friends who were beheaded by [Isis]."
The Syrian soldiers had reportedly posted similar beheading pictures following clashes in Sha'er area in the east of Homs in early March. In those pictures, the Syrian soldiers were seen "carrying heads of [Isis] militants killed" in the clashes.