An Islamic terrorist group, the Islamic State West Africa Province has released a video where it executed 11 of its captives who were mostly Christians.
The kidnapped victims were executed less than two weeks after the group also executed four persons working with Action Against Hunger and releasing the video to the public space.
Before their sad end, the victims were spotted in the video pleading with President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to help negotiate their release, according to Ahmad Salkida, a conflict and terrorism reporter in Nigeria.
According to the Islamic sect, the reasons for the execution; “We killed them as revenge for the killings of our leaders including Abubakar al-Baghdadi and Abul-Hasan Al-Muhajir in Iraq and Syria.”
Salkida stated that the decision to execute the captives was rather swift, abrupt and shocking, adding that ISWAP had reportedly opened a window of negotiation ostensibly to exchange the freedom of the captives with those of its members in government custody but the Nigerian Government failed to take the offer.
The United Nations through Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for the Secretary-General in a statement had earlier called on President Buhari to take action to prevent further killings of Nigerians by the ISWAP and Boko Haram sects.