Yesterday, the day after Christmas in an offshoot of ISIS in West Africa, a video showing terrorists shot, stabbed and decorated 11 Christians as ransom for the United States is reportedly released.
The beheading of 11 Christians was done in retaliation for the U.S. Armed Forces killing ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in October.
“No details were given about the victims, who were all male, but IS says they were ‘captured in the past weeks’ in Nigeria’s north-eastern Borno State.”
Talking to the BBC, The report says “This is a message to Christians all over the world.” “It was published on 26 December, and it was specifically planned for the Christmas holidays.”
The video revealed that the group responsible for the attack is known as the ISWAP, which is the Islamic State Province’s West Africa, as “people lintelled behind the blindfolded hostages and in beige uniforms and black masks, who then knock 10 and shoot an 11th man.”
“In recent months, ISWAP has intensified its attacks on Christians, security personnel and aid staff, setting up roadblocks on highways and conducting searches,” the AFP reported. “On Sunday, the jihadists killed six people and abducted five others including two aid workers when they intercepted vehicles on a highway on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.”
The fight for an Islamic state in northern Nigeria by Islamic Terrorists in the past decade has caused 36,000 deaths and displacements for millions.
The Combating Terrorism Center at West Point reports how ISWAP was founded:
Since 2009, Boko Haram, under the leadership of Abubakar Shekau, became infamous for its deadly insurgency in the Lake Chad Basin of West Africa and for its 2014 kidnapping of the 276 Chibok girls. In March 2015, Shekau pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the Islamic State; five days later, Baghdadi recognized the pledge. Thus, at least on paper, Boko Haram — as the world had previously known it — ostensibly ceased to exist. In its place, the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) was set up. This pledge provoked great concern within the international community — some called Boko Haram’s subsumption into the Islamic State a “marriage from hell” — a rightful worry in 2015, as the former Boko Haram group increased its violence, especially its suicide bombings, particularly those conducted by women and children.
By August 2016, tension in the relationship between ISWAP and Islamic State ‘Central’ became apparent, primarily due to the latter’s disdain for ISWAP’s (in their view) overly sweeping interpretation of takfir, or the justification to target and kill apostate Muslims. To rid ISWAP of Shekau, a shrewd but uncontrollable ideologue of whom it disapproved, the Islamic State announced in August 2016 that it had replaced Shekau with Abu Musab al-Barnawi, the son of Boko Haram’s founder, Mohammad Yusuf. For his part, Shekau has rejected the notion that he has been replaced. Thus, today, ISWAP is led by Barnawi and operates primarily in the Lake Chad Basin region. Shekau, whose group operates alternatively under the international name of Boko Haram or the local name Jama’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihad but is also sometimes referred to as a second branch of ISWAP, operates near the Sambisa Forest further south.
Earlier this month, at a western-African church in Burkina Faso terrorists killed 14 Christians.
Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world today, as tens of thousands of Christians are murdered every year due to their faiths.