ISIS Religious Police In Libya Burns Cigarettes, Musical Instruments

February 18, 2015

On February 18, 2015, the media wing of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Barqa Province (eastern Libya) published a series of photos documenting the activities of its hesba, i.e., its religious police.

One set of photos shows a group of masked ISIS members torching a pile of drums that were confiscated by the religious police (Salafi Islam bans instrumental music).

Another set of photos shows the religious police confiscating and destroying a load of cigarettes.


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