On Christmas Day: ISIS beheads 11 Christians as revenge for al-Baghdadi’s elimination
BREAKING: ISIS terror group published a shocking execution video on Friday depicting the beheading of 11 Christian hostages in Nigeria, clearly timed to coincide with Christmas.
ISIS said the murders were part of a recently declared campaign to avenge the targeted elimination of the terror group’s leader Abu Bakr- al-Baghdadi in October.
No details were given about the victims, who were all male, but ISIS says they were “captured in the past weeks” in Nigeria’s north-eastern Borno State.
The video was released by ISIS’ official Amaq propaganda agency and analysts say it was clearly timed to coincide with Christmas celebrations.
Conflict journalist Ahmad Salkida, who monitors terrorist activities in Nigeria’s northeast, wrote: “The decision to execute the captives was rather swift, abrupt and shocking”.
In October, U.S. special operations forces conducted a raid on al-Baghdadi’s compound in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died running in a tunnel, whimpering and screaming before detonating himself and three small children with an explosive vest.