A video has emerged purportedly showing the execution of a Nigerian Christian by an eight-year-old boy, who is said to be a member of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), an affiliate of ISIS.
The horrific footage, released by ISIS’ Amaq ‘news agency’, shows the child carrying out the execution in an unidentified area of Borno State, according to Daily Mail.
The child in the video, warns other Christians, saying: “We won’t stop until we take revenge for all the blood that was spilled.”
The report said an image taken from the distressing footage has been shared online by SITE Intelligence Group, an organisation which tracks activities of jihadist groups.
Rita Katz, Director of SITE Intelligence Group, after the release of the video, said, ”there is no end to ISIS’s immorality”.
According to Katz, the video was taken in Borno, North-east Nigeria, and confirmed that the boy is a member of the terror organisation.
She added that the footage was a “throwback” to the terror group’s days of children conducting gruesome executions.
ISIS had during its reign in Irag and Syria, used young children, referred to as ‘cubs of the Caliphate’, to carry out the killings of prisoners in propaganda videos.
ISWAP was formed in 2016, after a faction broke away from Boko Haram.
The Islamic group in December 2019, executed 10 Christians on Christmas day.
In a video also released by the group, they paraded 13 hostages, including the Christians and two Muslims, whose lives the terrorists later say they spared.
ISWAP said they killed the Christian captives to avenge the killing of their leaders; Abu bakr al-Baghdadi and Abul-Hasan Al-Muhajir in the Middle East.
Jihadis Boko Haram and the ISIS-affiliate faction have recently stepped up attacks on military and civilian targets in northern Nigeria.
Boko haram on Tuesday, revealed that it had killed a Christian leader it captured in Adamawa earlier this year.
It also cut off Maiduguri from the national grid on Monday night, after damaging a major power installation.