This past Christmas day, 11 Nigerian Christians were beheaded for their faith by ISWAP (Islamic State West African Province), an Islamic terrorist group operating in Nigeria. A video of the beheadings was released on December 26, which shows 11 men on their knees, all wearing orange jumpsuits, with their hooded captors behind them. The first martyr is shot in the head while the other 10 are then beheaded. Just before the killings, one of the terrorists says, “This message is to the Christians in the world. Those who you see in front of us are Christians, and we will shed their blood as revenge for the two dignified sheikhs.” Nigeria is a country of about 200 million people that is nearly evenly divided between Christians and Muslims. Some moderate Muslims have also been targeted by the extremist group; however, about 95% of those being held captive by ISWAP are Christians. The scene is similar to the recent execution of other Egyptian and Ethiopian Christians in Libya.
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