New Delhi: Militant outfit Islamic State has released a new video showing the killing of five men 'accused of spying' for Britain in Syria.
The footage bore the markings of the ISIS media wing, and shows five men confessing to filming and photographing sites in exchange for money within Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State group's self-declared caliphate. It could not be independently verified.
The men, speaking Arabic, are introduced as the enemy and apostates.
Several said they were given hidden cameras with lenses disguised as shirt buttons to provide images and videos to a contact in Turkey. One said he later saw that his videos appearing in international media including Britain's BBC.
He goes on to say he was sent two photos of British Islamic State members and asked to locate them, and also to photograph a former Syrian government building now housing the Islamic State group's 'Islamic courts'.
"Don't let them fool you like they fooled us," one of the condemned men said, referring to those seeking to collect information on ISIS and undermine it.
Another man appeals to people in similar situations to confess and turn themselves in, repeatedly saying the door to repentance is open.
The video then cuts to the men kneeling, lined up in orange jumpsuits in the desert, where they are shot in the head by masked men.
Before the shooting, a masked man with a British accent mocks British Prime Minister David Cameron, calling him a 'slave of the White House' and mule of the Jews.
He describes the men as spies, and says ISIS will one day invade Britain and impose their extremist version of Islamic law.
"Only an imbecile would dare to wage war against a land where the law of Allah reigns supreme," he says, referring to Cameron. "The Islamic State, our country, is here to stay. And we will continue to wage jihad, break borders, and one day invade your land, where we will rule by the Shariah."
The British foreign office issued a terse statement saying, "We are aware of the video and are examining the content."
Last month, Cameron had said 'Britain has a moral and military duty to attack the ISIS in Syria with British military extending air campaign against the group.
The Islamic State group has come under pressure in Iraq and Syria. Iraqi government troops last month retook part of the city of Ramadi, the provincial capital of the sprawling Anbar province, Iraq's Sunni heartland, which ISIS had held since May. And in November, ISIS lost the town of Sinjar in Iraq, and areas across the border in Syria at the same time.
With AP Inputs