Some documents retrieved from Sirte, the Islamic State (ISIS) group’s last bastion in Libya, divulged startling marriage contracts (dowries) offered by militant grooms to their future wives.
The documents, which were retrieved by pro-government forces battling the group in Libya, revealed that the jihadists offered their brides unusual dowries – from an explosive belt to a Kalashnikov and then parts of the Quran to memorize.
The Associated Press on Wednesday revealed that the forces allied with the country’s unity government discovered the archives as they combed through buildings seized during their ‘months long’ battle to overthrow IS from its coastal bastion of Sirte.
The marriage documents were posted on Wednesday on the Facebook page of a Libyan anti-ISIS operation known as al-Bonyan al-Marsous, and were stamped by a judge in a Sirte religious court.
The Facebook post says the documents were found in the Sirte courthouse, however, it was not immediately possible for AP to verify their authenticity.
The surnames of the brides and grooms suggested that quite a number of them were from African countries such as Nigeria, Senegal, Mali and Tunisia.
In one example from November 31, 2015, Abu Mansour, a Tunisian born in 1977, married a Nigerian called Miriam, in the presence of Sudanese and Malian witnesses.
In contrast to Islamic norms, Abu Mansour did not pay a dowry but vowed to pay compensation in the event of his death or the marriage being dissolved — in the form of an explosive belt.
Fatima, from Nigeria, was promised a Kalashnikov assault rifle in case of divorce or if her husband, Malian Abu Said, died.
Libyan forces loyal to the United Nations-brokered government have waged a campaign to dislodge ISSIS from Sirte since June.