Pro-Erdoğan Turkish cleric calls for extra-judicial mass execution of ‘terrorists’: Do not leave anyone wounded!

Radical Islamist Turkish preacher Metin Balkanlıoğlu.

A newly emerged video shows Metin Balkanlıoğlu, a radical Islamist figure within the pro-Erdoğan İsmailağa community, one of Turkey’s biggest religious sects, called on Turkish security forces to carry out extra-judicial mass execution of those engaging in “terrorist activities” against the Turkish state.

Giving a sermon during Friday prayer, Balkanlıoğlu says he does not want to see any wounded and calls on the Turkish army, police force and special operation teams to clear “mountains, cities and valleys of terrorists.”

“Do not leave anyone wounded! Once you become a terrorist, I’ll give you hell. I’m calling on special operations teams: Do not take the wounded. I am calling on the security forces: Do not leave anyone wounded. We can nurse snakes. We can nurse scorpions. We could even nurse a monster. But we will not nurse these cursed [people]. We do not want anyone in prison. Do not let them live in the mountains or in the cities or in the valleys for God’s sake,” Balkanlıoğlu said during the sermon.

The İsmailağa community is based at the İsmail Ağa Mosque in Istanbul, is affiliated with the Naksibendi sect and is led by Mahmut Ustaosmanoglu. Its members dress radically, usually wearing cloaks and displaying long facial hair. ( June 20, 2017

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