|Brutal: A gruesome video allegedly showing the executions of two men accused of working as police spies has been released by Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram|
A video purporting to show the executions of two alleged spies has been released by Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram. One of the men is made to make a full confession, explaining his 'crimes' to the camera, before they pair are beheaded and their bodies shown to the camera. The gruesome execution video echoes those posted by Islamic State and is the second released by Boko Haram.
The video, called 'Harvest of Spies', was posted Monday on Twitter by Boko Haram, the SITE intelligence group said today. It starts by showing a man kneeling in the foreground with a group of Boko Haram fighters approaching him holding a flag used by militant Islamist groups.
|Spy: One of the victims is made to confess his 'crimes' to the camera before the two are beheaded|
In a theatrical display previously seen in the execution videos released by ISIS, the men line up behind the victim. The video then cuts to show two men, identified as Dawoud Muhammad and Muhammad Awlu, led by Boko Haram fighters before being made to kneel. One Boko Haram fighter, whose face has been blurred by the militant group, stands behind Dawoud Muhammad, holding a large knife.
|Horror: After one of the men has spoken of how they have spied on Boko Haram on behalf of the local police force, the pair are beheaded by militant fighters|
Mr Muhammad is made to confess that their mission has been to spy on the 'residents who live here' i.e. Boko Haram, and in exchange for spying, the police officers had promised him that he would 'become rich and will never go back to be a farmer again'.
|Promoting terror: The video emerged on a Boko Haram Twitter account on Monday|
The camera pans from left to right in slow motion, showing Mr Muhammad and Mr Awlu on their knees as they are executed by Boko Haram fighters. The video fades before the actual beheadings take place, and then shows the two men's bodies with their heads placed upon their chests. The video does not reveal how the spies were caught by the militants.
Boko Haram previously published only one beheading, of a Nigerian fighter pilot whose plane went missing in September. Mr Muhammad's home town of Baga, was the site of a series of mass killings carried out by Boko Haram in January this year which is believed to have resulted in 2,000 deaths and saw more than 14,000 people flee the city.
Five days after its advertisement, Boko Haram released the video "Harvest of Spies," showing the beheading of two men pic.twitter.com/rGHsrLQej7
— SITE Intel Group (@siteintelgroup) March 2, 2015
New #IS-style video by #BokoHaram/JASDJ shows beheading of two alleged spies from Baga #Nigeria pic.twitter.com/Cvt1TLUDAuThe authenticity of the video could not be independently verified by Newsweek; however, both the SITE Intel Group and Terrorism Research Analysis Consortium reported on the video. On one platform, the video had more than 5,000 views within a half hour of being uploaded. It was subtitled in French, English and Arabic.
— Pieter Nanninga (@pieternanninga) March 2, 2015
The video is part of a series, "Harvest of Spies," which Boko Haram advertised online late last week. Notably, the videos are filmed in almost an identical style to beheading videos released by the Islamic State (ISIS), and the method of execution is similar. A watermark of the Black Standard flag used by ISIS appears on the Boko Haram video.