Written by: Barnabas Fund 
Article source:  barnabasfund.org

Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) posted unverified video footage on 26 December of its militants beheading ten Christian men and shooting an eleventh dead in north-east Nigeria.

The footage showed eleven blindfolded Christian captives wearing orange jumpsuits in a line on their knees, with militants in light brown uniforms and black masks standing behind them. The killings are believed to have taken place on Christmas Day.

The captives, thought to have been abducted from Maiduguri and Damaturu in Borno State, pleaded in the video for Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari and the Christian Association of Nigeria to save them.

Buhari later condemned the killings saying he was “profoundly saddened and shocked by the death of innocent hostages in the hands of remorseless, godless, callous gangs of mass murderers …” He continued, “We should, under no circumstance, let the terrorists divide us by turning Christians against Muslims because these barbaric killers don’t represent Islam and millions of other law-abiding Muslims around the world.”

The terrorist group claimed that the killings were to revenge the deaths of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and spokesman Abul-Hasan al-Muhajir, killed in US military actions in Raqqa and Ain al-Baydah, Syria, in October 2019.

The faction that split from Boko Haram to align with IS in 2016 became known as Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) and has since become the region’s dominant jihadi force.

Click here to KEEP UPDATED on the latest news by subscribing to our FREE weekly newsletter.

Date published: 10/01/2020
Feature image: Video footage of the beheading and shooting of eleven Christians, martyred on Christmas Day in northern Nigeria, was posted on the terrorist group’s website

JOY! News is a Christian news portal that shares pre-published articles by writers around the world. Each article is sourced and linked to the origin, and each article is credited with the author’s name. Although we do publish many articles that have been written in-house by JOY! journalists, we do not exclusively create our own content. Any views or opinions presented on this website are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the company. 


  1. We should not sit down to allow this to continue. Our military should learn how fast to save and avert such situations. Advanced countries could have overt such incident quickly

  2. In the book of Revelations, this was prophesied: Christians all over the world will suffer as martyrs because of their faith in the last days before Jesus returns for His bride. Yet those who are “murdered”, will have everlasting peace and be rewarded for their refusal to renounce Him. To be a committed Christian in these last days, takes unbelievable courage and faith when facing the possibility of being beheaded/murdered. We walk by faith and not by sight.

Comments are closed.