Sixteen Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Syria who tested HIV-positive are being forced to become suicide attackers, according to theInternational Business Times.
The report originated with ARA News, a Kurdish news outlet in Spain, which claimed that the mostly foreign-born militants were in the eastern Syrian city of al-Mayadeen. A civil rights activist in the city told ARA that ISIS "leadership is planning to assign suicide attacks for it's militants who are tested positve with AIDS."
The report said they had been diagnosed by a local doctor and were in "quarantine."
The militants were suspected of contracting HIV after having sex with two Moroccan women thought to be sex slaves. The two women fled to Turkey, according to the doctor who treated the militants and wished to remain annonymous.
"The women passed on the disease to the militants before their infection was revealed," he said. "We were ordered by the group's local leadership to transfer the infected militants to a quarantine center in the city."
According to the IB Times, an HIV-positive ISIS militant reportedly somehow "transfused" his blood to a fellow militant and as soon as it was discovered he was ordered executed.