Rant Here Boko Haram ter­ror­ists be­headed 11 on Christ­mas Day, Muric’s com­ment

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It is the name com­monly used by Nige­rian and for­eign me­dia to re­fer to the mil­i­tant Is­lamic group– Boko Haram. Boko, in Hausa, means ‘west­ern ed­u­ca­tion’ or ‘west­ern in­flu­ence’ and haram, in Ara­bic, means ‘sin­ful’ or ‘for­bid­den’.

Since July 2009, sus­pected mem­bers of Boko Haram have killed over 6,600 peo­ple in north­ern and cen­tral Nige­ria. The group, whose pro­fessed aim is to rid the coun­try of its cor­rupt and abu­sive gov­ern­ment and in­sti­tute what it de­scribes as re­li­gious pu­rity, has com­mit­ted hor­rific crimes against Nige­rian cit­i­zens.

Boko Haram’s at­tacks are pri­mar­ily tar­geted at po­lice, sol­diers and other gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions. They also mur­der Chris­tians wor­ship­ping in church and Mus­lims, who they ac­cuse of hav­ing co­op­er­ated with the gov­ern­ment.

In ad­di­tion to these at­tacks, the group has forced Chris­tians to con­vert to Is­lam on pain of death and has as­sas­si­nated Mus­lim cler­ics and tra­di­tional lead­ers in the north for speak­ing out against its tac­tics or for co­op­er­at­ing with au­thor­i­ties to iden­tify group mem­bers.

IS said the killings were part of its re­cently de­clared cam­paign to ‘avenge’ the death of its leader, Abu Bakr al-bagh­dadi, who was killed dur­ing a US raid in Syria in Oc­to­ber.

No de­tails were given about the vic­tims, who were all male, but IS says they were ‘cap­tured in the past weeks’ in Borno State.

The footage was filmed in an uniden­ti­fied outdoor area. One cap­tive in the mid­dle was shot dead while the other 10 were pushed to the ground and be­headed.

This video may be in­tended to in­crease ten­sion be­tween Chris­tians

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