Nigeria terror group (ISWAP) have beheaded 11 hostages it captured kidnapped recently. This was contained in a video message the group posted online in which it claimed to show the killing of the hostages.
ISWAP which broke away from Boko Haram said the killings were in revenge for the US raid that killed the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi last October.
It said the victims were all Christians were “captured in the past weeks” in Nigeria’s north-eastern Borno State.
The video which lasted 56 seconds was produced by the IS “news agency” Amaq.
Analysts believe the video was clearly timed to coincide with Christmas celebrations. t was released on 26 December.
The Nigerian government is yet to make any comment on the video, also aid agencies whos staff are being held by the “Islamic State West Africa Province” (ISWAP) have not said if any of their staff are among the victims.
What’s in the video?
The footage was filmed in an unidentified outdoor area.
One captive in the middle is shot dead while the other 10 are pushed to the ground and beheaded.
“We killed them as revenge for the killing of our leaders, including Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and [IS spokesman] Abul-Hasan al-Muhajir,” said a member of the group’s media unit, according to Ahmad Salkida, a journalist who was first sent the video.
After breaking away from Boko Haram over ideology differences in 2016 Abu Musab al-Barnawi, son of the late founder of Boko Haram Mohammed Yusuf, became the leader of the new group and now fights under the banner ISWAP
Earlier this month, the group said it had killed four aid workers it had abducted in north-eastern Nigeria.
It also killed two midwives it had taken hostages last year.
The group is also active in the neighbouring countries including Mali, Chad, Niger, Burkinafaso and Cameroon.