A six-year-old boy was beheaded in front of his screaming mum in Saudi Arabia for belonging to the wrong branch of Islam, according to reports.
The child and his mum were allegedly approached while visiting a shrine to the Prophet Muhammad in Medina and asked if they were Shia Muslims.
The mum reportedly said yes and several minutes later a car pulled up beside them and the child was snatched away from her.
The boy was repeatedly stabbed in the neck with a piece of broken glass until he was beheaded, it is claimed.
His helpless mum could only watch and scream as the horror unfolded.
Saudi Arabia’s predominant branch of Islam is Sunni, accounting for around three quarters of the population.
Human rights groups say practitioners of other forms of the faith – including Shia – are persecuted.
Credit Irish mirror