Militant Islamist group, Boko Haram, has vowed that “from now on, killing, slaughtering, destruction and bombing’’ would be its religious duty anywhere it invades.
The group, in a new video released to journalists on Saturday, showed its armed members mowing down civilians lying face down in a dormitory.
The setting of the latest video appeared to be a long school dormitory furnished with bunk beds which an unnamed leader of the group claimed was in Bama, a town 40 miles north of Gwoza, Borno State.
The leader of the sect was heard saying that they were killing ‘infidels’ or non-believers.
The Mailonline which published a story on the chilling video , reported that there were “so many corpses the gunmen had difficulty stepping to reach bodies still twitching with life.”
It quoted the Boko Haram leader as also saying that they had made sure the floor of the dormitory was turned red with blood to show “how it is going to be in all future attacks and arrests of infidels “
According to the Mailonline, the start of the video shows the Islamists enter the building where the victims, mostly adult males, lay.
It added that the video came two days after fleeing villagers reported that the extremists were rounding up elderly people and killing them in two schools in Gwoza.
In it, the unnamed sect leader, who noted that Prophet Mohammed advised prisoners should be held, not killed, said, ‘‘we felt this is not the right time for us to keep prisoners.’’
He added that that was why the group would “continue to see that the grounds are crimsoned with the flowing blood of prisoners.’’
According to him, even though those killed may call themselves Muslims, the sect considers them as “infidels.”
Previously, the militants had told residents of villages and towns that they would kill only enemies since they wanted people to live peacefully in an area they dubbed an Islamic caliphate.
The sect had in its last video, threatened to attack the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, for mobilising support against it.
Sanusi had in statements asked Kano State residents as well as vigilantes to arm and defend themselves against future terror attacks following a recent attack by suspected members of the group on the Kano Central Mosque.
The group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, condemned Sanusi and adherents of most Islamic sects, describing them as infidels who had abandoned the Islamic doctrine.
Shekau had said, “Before I start talking to my brothers who believed in me and the religion of Allah, not the religion of democracy, not that of western education, those who believed in the religion of the Quran not that of the constitution and not religion of the Emir of Kano.
“We do not practise the religion of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, not the religion of Jonathan, not the religion of Obasanjo, not the religion of Atiku, not the religion of Babangida, not the religion of Obama, not the religion of Bush, not the religion of Clinton, but the religion of Allah.
“Now listen to me Emir of Kano. I am talking to you and only you because of your recent utterances. Let me inform you now that you are late (dead), you should know that you are only the King of Kano, King of Central Bank, King of money, you are only Sanusi Lamido.”
He also said, “Emir of Kano Sanusi, you are late, that our triumph is just for a period of time so you said. Even your predecessors who are renowned idol worshippers in Islamic history like ‘Abujahal’ could not succeed in fighting Islam.
“Yes, you can say that our success is for a period of time, because you are a king of Bank and a loyal citizen of your country.
“Because you are made the Emir of Kano, that is why you got angry and was calling on the vigilante groups and hunters to attack us. Let me tell you that the hunters and the vigilante groups will fail and you will also fail.”