In what is described as a devastation situation and a gruesome campaign to vengeance on the deaths of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the spokesman of the fighters, ISIS released a video Thursday reportedly showing militants in the dark masks who slaughtered 10 blindfolded Christians.
The militant group’s video was produced by its own so-called news agency, Amaq, and was released the day after Christmas. The lengght of the video was 56 seconds with captions in Arabic and has no audio.
ISIS soldiers were seen in the video wearing beige uniforms and black masks whiles lining up Christians to be shot. The other ten are pushed to the ground and decapitated with one prisoner is in the centre.
The video failed to give extensive information about the victims but investigations revealed they were captured in in the north-eastern State of Borno, Nigeria who were reported captured in the past weeks.
The journalist, Ahmad Salkida, said that he first sent the video shoot to an undisclosed outdoor in the area. “We killed them as retaliation for the killing of our members, including Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and (ISIS spokesman) Abul-Hasan al-Muhaiir, ‘” said a member of the terrorist group press unit.
Seven months after the so-called ISIS “caliphate” formally crumbled as the terrorist group in its final stretch on Syrian territory, Baghdadi killed himself in October when the US raided a complex in northwestern Syria in March.
ISIS members are rising in Africa – almost unregulated-Raphael Gluck, a co-founder of Jihadoscope that tracks Islamic extremist online activities said.
“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 said.