11 Christians Killed by ISIS-Affiliated Group in Nigeria on Christmas Day

FILE – In this Thursday, June 6, 2013 file photo Nigerian soldiers stand guard at the offices of the state-run Nigerian Television Authority in Maiduguri, Nigeria.Thousands of members of Nigeria’s home-grown Islamic extremist Boko Haram group strike across the border in Cameroon, with coordinated attacks on border towns, a troop convoy and a major barracks. Further north, Boko Haram employs recruits from Chad to enforce its control in northeastern Nigerian towns and cities. In Niger, the government has declared a “humanitarian crisis” and appealed for international aid to help tens of thousands of Nigerian refugees driven from their homes by the insurgency. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

An affiliate of the ISIS terrorist group in Nigeria killed up to 11 Christian hostages on Wednesday, Christmas Day, according to reports.

Local news outlet Salkida and Pulse.ng reported that ISIS offshoot ISWAP released a video of the execution of the 11 hostages. Salkida noted that the 11 slain captives may not have all been Christians, but it confirmed that many—if not all—of them were.

“A video recording of their plea for intervention” surfaced earlier this month, the Salkdia report said, adding that they had pleaded with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria for their rescue.

The terrorist organization said in the video that they spared the lives of two people who appeared in the earlier video, but the identities of the people were not disclosed. Other details about the captives are not clear.

The murders were apparently in retaliation for the U.S.-led mission to kill or capture ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria several months ago, which resulted in the death of the terrorist leader.

“We killed them as a revenge for the killings of our leaders, including Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Abul-Hasan Al-Muhajir in Iraq and Syria,” a person in the video said, as reported by Salkida.

The executions came several hours after Boko Haram terrorists killed seven people on Christmas Eve in a raid on a Christian village near Chibok in Borno state, according to The Guardian Nigeria.

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SOURCE: The Epoch Times, Jack Phillips