Boko Haram Releases Beheading Video

Boko Haram Releases Beheading VideoBoko Haram Releases Beheading Video

Boko Haram released a video purporting to show the beheading of two men, the militant group’s first online posting using graphics and editing techniques reminiscent of footage from the Islamic State.

The film shows Boko Haram members standing behind the two men who are on their knees, their hands tied behind their backs, with one man standing over them, holding a knife, Al-Jazeera reported.

One of the men is made to tell the camera that the pair had been paid by authorities to spy on the militant group, before the film moves to another scene showing their decapitated bodies.

The footage will stoke concerns that Boko Haram, which is seeking to carve out a separatist state in northeast Nigeria, is expanding its scope and seeking inspiration from global networks like IS.

The group has killed thousands and kidnapped hundreds more in their brutal campaign against civilians. In recent months, Boko Haram has stepped up cross-border raids into Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

The Boko Haram film’s use of graphics, the footage of black-clad extremists with a black flag and the editing to show only the aftermath of the beheading, were particularly reminiscent of recent clips released by IS, which has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria and killed a number of hostages in high profile propaganda videos.

In the Boko Haram film, one of the men says he comes from Baga in Borno state, and the other says he is from Michika in Adamawa state, both areas where the army says it has recently recaptured territory from Boko Haram.

Past Boko Haram films have been much cruder affairs, often featuring a man identified as leader Abubakar Shekau talking more about local gripes rather than wider conflict. A number of recent releases have included much more gruesome footage of beheadings.