ISWAP releases video of child soldiers executing captured Nigerian soldiers

ISWAP releases video of child soldiers executing captured Nigerian soldiers

Dreaded terror group, the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), has released a video purportedly showing child soldiers executing two men identified as members of the Nigerian Army.

The video was published on Tuesday by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi activity.

Specifically, the video shows a man in Nigerian army uniform who said he was with the Army special forces. The man was shot twice in the head by a boy of about 12. Shortly after, another soldier who said he was captured in April 2021 was shot in the head. The second soldier was shot by one of the three masked fighters behind him.

Equally important, the video appears to have been been shot near the Lake Chad basin; the stronghold of the extremist group, security analysts told The Associated Press.

Rita Katz, executive director of SITE Intelligence Group, told AP Thursday that ISIS is now; “more desperate than ever to keep its name in the global discussion; given the fact that it no longer has a physical `caliphate´ outside of relatively small bases in different countries.”

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” The video demonstrates the immense focus ISIS is placing on Africa and puts the spotlight on Nigeria as one of its strongholds and projecting itself as an adaptive, enduring force to the world.”

Meanwhile, the 27-minute video also shows child fighters training in open fields and classrooms. In one scene, masked fighters who looked as young as 10 are seen in a classroom; as an older scholar takes them through the Islamic State’s teachings and doctrines. In another scene, the fighters are seen training with rifles.

ISWAP, which has ties to the Islamic State terror group in the Middle East, has been accused of killing hundreds in northeast Nigeria.

The group emerged after it split from the Boko Haram terror group in 2016 over ideological differences. It has also been credited for the death of the notorious former Boko Haram leader, Abubaker Shekau. Despite the split, however, the terror groups remain united in an insurgency against the Nigerian government that has expanded to neighboring Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

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