- Eleven Christian hostages have been executed by Boko Haram group affiliated with Islamic State in Borno state, northeastern Nigeria
- The terrorists said the execution of the Christians was to avenge for the killing of their leaders Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Abul-Hasan Al-Muhajir in Iraq and Syria
- Two Muslims said to have been among the hostages were reportedly spared by the terrorists
The Boko Haram group affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) reportedly killed 11 Christian hostages on Christmas Day in Borno state, northeastern Nigeria.
The group known as the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) said the killing of the Christians was to avenge for the killing of their leaders Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Abul-Hasan Al-Muhajir in Iraq and Syria, Daily Mail reports.
The Christian captives were believed to be among 13 hostages seen in a video released by the group on Wednesday, December 25. Two Muslims said to have been among the captives were reportedly spared by the terrorists.
"We killed them as revenge for the killings of our leaders, including Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Abul-Hasan Al-Muhajir in Iraq and Syria,” ISWAP said in a statement.
The killings occurred after an earlier video saw the hostages plead with the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to negotiate their release.
In his reaction to the killings the United Nations secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, in a statement said he was deeply concerned about reports that civilians have been executed by the group.
He expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and reiterated the solidarity of the United Nations with the people and government of Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the governor of Borno, Babagana Zulum, on Wednesday, December 25, confirmed that at least six persons were killed and two women were kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents during their attack on Kwaragilim village of Chibok in the state.
Zulum revealed this during a stakeholders meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state. He added that the insurgent also seriously injured persons, Channels TV reports.
However, Nuhu Clark, the state's commissioner for poverty alleviation, disclosed that the injured victims have been taken to the Chibok General Hospital.
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