Boko Haram has set a terrifying new precedent by releasing its first gruesome video of a beheading since it pledged allegiance to ISIS.
The video adopts many of the same style-points as the hundreds of barbaric videos released by ISIS over the last year.
The ‘west Africa’ insignia in the top-left corner suggests the terror group has set up a new so-called media wing in the country.
SITE Intelligence Group says the video distributed by the West Africa Province of the Islamic State group on social media Saturday “shows fighters clashing with enemy forces, dead bodies of slain soldiers, and the beheading of one soldier taken captive.”
The extremists have stepped up attacks in Nigeria and neighboring countries since President Muhammadu Buhari took office in May pledging to halt the 6-year-old uprising that Amnesty International says has killed 20,000 people.
The ten minute-long propaganda video begins with what appears to be an intense firefight against Nigerian soldiers.
Boko Haram fighters exchange machine gun fire with the troops and launch heavy mortar grenades on their locations.
It shows them standing proudly next to the corpses of scorched Nigerian troops – and showing off their security badges to the camera.
The video ends with the senseless murder of a captured African Union soldier. With a look of true horror on his face, the man kneels in front of three masked Boko Haram fanatics – two of whom point AK47s at his head.
The video then cuts to reveal his decapitated body lying motionless on the floor.
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