A gory video released on the Boko Haram yesterday has revealed how the insurgents gathered hundreds of trapped residents of Bama in a school dormitory and shot them point blank, with one of the sect’s leaders describing the victims as infidels who they could no longer fend for under their new rule.
According to AP, the video which lasted for nine-minutes and 42 seconds, showed a large hall with bunker beds containing hundreds of civilians lying down in rows. And the insurgents, armed with AK47 rifles, pointed the guns at them and shot down one by one. There were so many corpses the gunmen had difficulty stepping to reach bodies still twitching with life. Most appear to be adult men.
“We have made sure the floor of this hall is turned red with blood, and this is how it is going to be in all future attacks and arrests of infidels,” the group leader says in a message. “From now, killing, slaughtering, destructions and bombing will be our religious duty anywhere we invade.”
The video released to journalists late Saturday comes two days after fleeing villagers reported that the
extremists are rounding up elderly people and killing them in two schools in Gwoza, in northeast Nigeria. Bama is the next town to Gwoza when coming to Maiduguri town.
From time to time at the dormitory, a voice or two would draw the attention of the shooters that some of the shot persons were not dead yet, and a shooter would walk over to the identified body and fire his rifle again.
The shooting, which had started before the video recording, showed victims lying about, some still wriggling in their final throes of death. An impatient shooter would dispatch a bullet into a wriggling body if he felt it did not die quickly enough, and then move on.
At a point, a wounded victim in grey clothes who was hiding under the corpses of his fellow dead colleagues, was fished out, and two of the shooters fired at him before he finally slumped on top of other corpses.
Seven minutes into the video, according to LeadershipNG, one short and scraggy looking leader of the terrorists stepped forward to speak. Even though most of the background voices were Kanuri, the terrorist who did not give his name spoke in Hausa.
“We are indeed very happy that God, the most praised and most exalted, has brought us to the town of Bama. In the past, our brethren in this movement (Boko Haram) had mistakenly assembled and locked up people in the prison, which is wrong because we have it on Islamic authoritative traditions that when prisoners of war are arrested, it is either they are kept or killed.
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