ISIS dowry for brides: Machine guns and explosive belts

 A landscape of destroyed buildings in Sirte. Forces discovered ISIS archives as they searched buildings seized during their battle to oust ISIS from its coastal bastion.
A landscape of destroyed buildings in Sirte. Forces discovered ISIS archives as they searched buildings seized during their battle to oust ISIS from its coastal bastion.PHOTO: AFP

TRIPOLI (AFP) - Marriage contracts of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) unearthed by pro-government forces battling the militant group in Libya reveal that the militants offered their brides unusual dowries: machine guns and explosive belts.

Forces allied with the country's unity government discovered the archives as they searched buildings seized during their months-long battle to oust ISIS from its coastal bastion of Sirte.

The documents belonged to the group's "Judicial and Complaints Department".

Published on pro-government forces' Facebook pages, they include marriage contracts and divorce rulings without any real name or personal information.

In one example from Nov 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 form of an explosive belt in the event of his death or the marriage being dissolved.

Fatima, from Nigeria, was promised a Kalashnikov assault rifle in the event of a divorce or if her husband, Malian Abu Said, dies.

ISIS militants took over Sirte in June 2015 and imposed a reign of terror including executions in public squares.

They patrolled the streets in 4x4s to ensure that men were observing prayer times and women were not venturing out alone.

Forces allied with Libya's Government of National Accord launched an offensive on May 12 to retake the port city that was the home town of late dictator Muammar Gaddafi .

They cornered the militants in a small area in central Sirte but were slowed down by snipers and suicide bombings that have killed some 450 pro-government fighters.