This kind of thing helps recruit other Muslims who are inclined toward jihad, as it shows them that the followers of the Islamic State takes seriously the Qur’an’s command: “When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks” (47:4).
“TIMED OUT: French terror suspect took selfie with beheaded victim,” by Philippe Sotto, Associated Press, June 27, 2015:
FONTAINES-SUR-SAONE, France — Officials say the top suspect in the beheading of a French businessman took a “selfie” photo with the slain victim and sent the image to at least one recipient.
Two French officials said authorities were working to confirm the identity of the recipient, but were not able to immediately confirm media reports that it was sent to an unspecified person in Syria.
On Friday, key suspect Yassine Salhi allegedly crashed a truck into an U.S.-owned chemical warehouse and hung his employer’s severed head on a factory gate in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier – in what authorities are calling a terror attack.
He was arrested and remained in police custody on Saturday.
Authorities noted the similarity to tactics used by the Islamic State group, though no group has claimed responsibility for the attack….
Leading suspect Yassine Salhi as well as his sister and wife remained in custody in the city of Lyon a day after he allegedly crashed a truck into an U.S.-owned chemical warehouse and hung his employer’s severed head on a factory gate, officials said.A fourth person who had been detained Friday was released, said Paris prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre. Under French anti-terrorism laws, Salhi and the two women can be held up to four days before either being released or handed preliminary charges and locked up.
Investigators have not turned up any motive or possible foreign connection, Thibault-Lecuivre said.
No group immediately claimed responsibility. The severed head appeared to mimic the Islamic State group’s practice of beheading prisoners and displaying their heads for all to see, and came days after the militants urged attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. French authorities say Salhi had links to radical Salafists in the past….
Several hundred people also gathered outside a housing project in the town of Fontaines-sur-Saone to honor Cornara, 54, the manager of a transportation company that had employed Salhi since March. They recalled a kind, humble man who was active in the community of the Lyon suburb.
“He lived on the fifth floor, me on the fourth. He spoke with all the young people in the neighborhood. He didn’t differentiate between (non-Muslim) French and Muslims,” said Leila Bouri, a 24-year-old cafeteria cashier. “If you ever had a problem, you would go see him.”
“When I heard this, I was shocked. It’s shameful,” she said. “I am a Muslim, but you can’t kill like this. It’s not who we are. In Islam, we’re not told to slit throats. We only slit the throats of sheep. You don’t slit the throats of people.”
“When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks” (Qur’an 47:4).
The suspected killer, she added, “isn’t a Muslim in my opinion.”