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Man who tweeted death threat to Saudi satirist among ISIS detainees

Naser Al Qasabi’s sketch comedy show “Selfie” earned him death threats from ISIS after mocking the extremists

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A man who threatened to kill Saudi satirist Nasser Al Qasabi last month is among the 144 ISIS-linked suspects detained in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

Al Qasabi’s sketch comedy show “Selfie” earned him death threats from ISIS after mocking the extremists. In one scene, a group of holy warriors at a "girl market" pick concubines from a line of chained women abducted from the battlefield.

In a response from a supporter of the militants, a Twitter user named Jalabeeb al-Jizrawi wrote to Al Qasabi: "I swear to god you will regret what you did, you apostate."

"The holy warriors will not rest until they cut your headfrom your body, in just a few days hopefully," he wrote in a post that was retweeted over 3,000 times.

It is now believed “Jalabeeb al-Jizrawi” has been arrested as part of a crackdown on a cluster of cells linked to ISIS.

Al Qasabi says his show's message, though presented in the form of satire, is deadly serious. He says he has been unfazed by threats he has received from the militants' supporters since the premier.

"God is my protector. I'm an artist, and the artist's essential role is to reveal society's challenges even if he pays a price," he said in an interview with Al Arabiya News Channel following the death threat.

"Warning the people about ISIS is the true jihad, because we're fighting them with art not war," he added.