|Look of horror: A Nigerian soldier is made to kneel in front of three men after he was captured by Boko Haram|
Boko Haram has set a terrifying new precedent by releasing its first gruesome video of a beheading since it pledged allegiance to ISIS. The video adopts many of the same style-points as the hundreds of barbaric videos released by ISIS over the last year. The 'west Africa' insignia in the top-left corner suggests the terror group has set up a new so-called media wing in the country.
|Murdered: The video then cuts to the man, who has been beheaded by the Islamic militants|
The ten minute-long propaganda video begins with what appears to be an intense firefight against Nigerian soldiers. Boko Haram fighters exchange machine gun fire with the troops and launch heavy mortar grenades on their locations. It shows them standing proudly next to the corpses of scorched Nigerian troops - and showing off their security badges to the camera.
The video ends with the senseless murder of a captured African Union soldier. With a look of true horror on his face, the man kneels in front of three masked Boko Haram fanatics - two of whom point AK47s at his head. The video then cuts to reveal his decapitated body lying motionless on the floor.
Islamic State accepted a pledge of allegiance from Boko Haram, who were responsible for the deaths of over 10,000 in Nigeria in 2014, in March this year.
The audio message entitled 'kill and be killed' - released through the militants' vast social media channels - was read by an ISIS spokesperson who also threatened further violence against the Christian and Jewish communities.
|Gloating: The video also shows the name tags of soldiers killed in the firefight between Boko Haram and army|
|Battle: The 10 minute video begins with a shoot out between the extremists and national forces|
|Mimic: This video is very like the ones Islamic State produce - even down to the logo in the corner|
The group has killed thousands in bomb attacks and violent sieges on villages in the remote north-east, and are now feared to be spilling over into neighbouring Cameroon and Chad. It inspired five African nations agreed to form a coalition to take the group on and 8,700 troops from Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Benin are expected to begin operations before the end of next month.
- Daily Mail