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Knife-wielding ISIS fanatics execute 20 Christians in Nigeria ‘to avenge killings in Middle East’

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ISIS extremists have brutally executed 20 Christians in Nigeria in a bloodthirsty frenzy to “avenge the murder of the group’s leaders in the Middle East.”

The terror group released footage of the brutal killings, showing the masked knife and gun-wielding fanatics standing behind their kneeling victims.

The militants carried out the brutal executions in Borno state, where rival Islamist groups Boko Haram and Islamic State in West Africa (ISWAP) have kidnapped, looted and killed on a large scale.

ISIS extremists have heartlessly executed 20 Christians in Nigeria in a bloodthirsty frenzy to “avenge the murder of the group’s leaders in the Middle East” (pictured)

Footage from the latest massacre shows one of the executioners in Hausa saying the killings are in response to the ISIS deaths in the Middle East earlier this year.

It was published on a terrorist-affiliated outlet and shows three groups of prisoners wearing civilian clothes.

It comes after Islamist rebels killed at least seven people in an attack in northeast Borno last week.

The rebels attacked the village of Kautukari in the Chibok area at the same time that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was able to meet survivors of jihadist violence.

The Chibok area is 70 miles away from Maiduguri, the state capital, where Guterres encountered former militants who were being reintegrated into society and thousands of people displaced by the insurgency.

Boko Haram and ISWAP were originally aligned, but the groups splintered in 2016 and are now considered rivals

Boko Haram and ISWAP were originally aligned, but the groups splintered in 2016 and are now considered rivals

“They came in droves with superior firepower (and) took over the community,” said Hassan Chibok, a community leader.

Troops from a nearby military base were deployed to fend off the attack, but “the damage was done,” Chibok said, adding that “the number of casualties is as high as 10.”

Another resident, Yana Galang, said at least seven people were killed in the latest violence before the Nigerian army intervened.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country of 206 million, is still grappling with a 10-year insurgency in the northeast by Islamist extremist rebels from Boko Haram and its offshoot, the Islamic State of West Africa.

The extremists are fighting to introduce Sharia law and stop Western education.

More than 35,000 people have died and millions have been displaced by the extremist violence, according to the UN Development Programme.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said last week that the war against the extremists is “nearing its end,” citing ongoing military airstrikes and the mass defection of thousands of fighters, some of whom say they are laying down their arms over the infighting within the country. jihadists. group.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres meets with state officials from Borno . during a visit last week

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres meets with state officials from Borno . during a visit last week

However, the violence continues in border communities and areas closer to the Lake Chad region, the stronghold of ISWAP.

“It’s getting worse” in Chibok’s Kautukari village and adjacent areas closer to the forest, said community leader Chibok, who said the presence of extremists near the forest is a contributing factor.

The global coalition against ISIS met in Morocco today to coordinate efforts to prevent the jihadists from staging a resurgence in the Middle East and North Africa.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was supposed to host the meeting with Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita, but the top Washington diplomat tested positive for Covid-19 and was replaced by senior diplomat Victoria Nuland.

Senior officials from dozens of other countries also attend the meeting, under high security at a discreet luxury hotel in Marrakesh.

The talks covered “stabilization efforts in areas previously hit by Daesh,” strategic communications against the group’s “radicalization propaganda” and the fight against foreign fighters, Morocco’s foreign ministry said.

The meeting comes three years after the coalition helped Syrian fighters crush the ‘caliphate’ proclaimed by IS in Iraq and Syria and as the jihadists stepped up efforts to bolster their presence in the Sahel region and West Africa.

The Global Coalition against Daesh (an Arabic acronym for ISIS) was formed in 2014 after the militants seized vast swaths of Iraq and Syria, now comprising 84 states and international organizations.

Officials have long warned that IS continues to pose a global threat, despite the loss of a territorial base.

ISIS has vowed to retaliate against its elusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed in a US raid on northern Syria in late 2019.

It has also urged its supporters to take advantage of the war in Ukraine to carry out attacks in Europe.

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