Boko Haram video shows severing of hands of alleged thieves

2015-11-03 07:58
File: AFP

File: AFP

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Lagos - A new Boko Haram video shows the members of the militant Islamic group severing the right hands of two men alleged to have stolen money.

The video posted on social media on Monday shows villagers gathered around armed fighters while one explains they are meting out God's "prescribed punishment", according to a translation by the SITE Intelligence Group.

The video shows a cleaver descending on one man's hand, held down on a tree stump, then fades until it shows a blood-splattered stump. It does not show the actual amputations.

Nigeria's home-grown extremist group wants to impose its radical version of Islamic law and recreate an ancient Islamic caliphate that encompasses Nigeria and parts of Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

Boko Haram has been carrying out raids and suicide bombings that have killed hundreds in all four countries.

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