Ruqia Hassan, 30, was killed by ISIS after being captured sometime between July and December. The terrorist group only told her family this week, and said she was executed for espionage.
ISIS executed a female Syrian journalist, then used her Facebook account to hunt down enemies for months, activists confirmed.
Ruqia Hassan was a prominent citizen journalist reporting from Raqqa, the heart of ISIS’s stronghold in Syria.
In her last post, she wrote that she would rather die than live in humiliation under ISIS.
While she was captured and executed in September, the terrorist group kept the slaughter a secret until this week, when they told her family she was killed for “espionage” charges on Jan. 1, Syria Direct reported.
Before her death was revealed, ISIS had been using her Facebook profile to track down other activists.
Some even speculated that the terrorist organization posed as her on social media to lure out their enemies, the Independent reported.
In her last words, Hassan courageously wrote:
“I’m in Raqqa and I received death threats and when ISIS will arrest me and kill me, it’s OK, because they will cut my head and I have dignity, it’s better than I live in humiliation with ISIS.”
— Abu Mohammed (@Raqqa_sl1) January 2, 2016
She was last heard from on July 21, 2015, and disappeared between then and December.
Hassan used the pen name Nissan Ibrahim to vividly describe the oppression in the ISIS capital city of Raqqa.
She defiantly refused to leave the city after ISIS took over the region, and was placed under surveillance in August by the extremists.
Hassan was a citizen journalist who refused to leave Raqqa after ISIS made the city its stronghold.
“[ISIS] always wants to keep the sword hovering over the people’s necks,” a Syria Direct blog post said. “They want their fighters and supporters to know that the Islamic State is capable of taking revenge against those who speak against them.”
In one of her last posts, she left a positive message:
“After each hardship comes good things.”