ISIS launched a video Thursday that purportedly reveals militants in black masks beheading 10 blindfolded Christian men and taking pictures an 11th in Nigeria, as a part of a grisly marketing campaign to avenge the deaths of its chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the group’s spokesman.
The militant group’s video was produced by its personal so-called information company, Amaq, and was launched the day after Christmas.
The 56-second video has Arabic captions however doesn’t have audio.
Within the video, ISIS troopers sporting beige uniforms and black masks are lined up behind the Christian males. One captive within the center is shot whereas the opposite 10 are pushed to the bottom and beheaded. Not numerous particulars got concerning the victims apart from they had been male, Christian and “captured previously weeks” in Nigeria’s north-eastern Borno State.
“We killed them as revenge for the killing of our leaders, together with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and (ISIS spokesman) Abul-Hasan al-Muhaiir,'” mentioned a member of the phobia group’s media unit, in response to journalist Ahmad Salkida, who was first despatched the video shot in an unidentified out of doors space.
In October, Baghdadi killed himself throughout a U.S. raid on a compound in northwest Syria, seven months after the so-called ISIS “caliphate” formally crumbled because the terrorist group was defeated in its closing swath of Syrian territory in March.
Raphael Gluck, the co-founder of Jihadoscope, which screens on-line exercise by Islamist extremists, advised Fox Information that that ISIS associates are rising throughout Africa – nearly unchecked.
“We saw a terrible ambush of U.S. forces in Niger in 2017, that played into ISIS propaganda for months and really put Africa in focus, it has only grown in strength since,” he mentioned.
Fox Information’ Hollie McKay contributed to this report.