Boko Haram extremists executed civilians in Nigeria for what they called the crimes of being infidels. In a new video released by the militant group, Boko Haram members are shown mowing down victims lying prostrate on the floor of an unidentified dormitory of a school in Gwoza in the northeastern portion of the country.

Fearful that the gruesome display of violence on the video was inefficient to get their message across, a Boko Haram leader can be heard intoning:

"We have made sure the floor of this hall is turned red with blood, and this is how it is going to be in all future attacks and arrests of infidels. From now, killing, slaughtering, destructions and bombings will be our religious duty anywhere we invade."

The video closes with Islamic gunman having difficulty stepping over the bodies to finish off those victims, who appear to be primarily adult men, still twitching with signs of life.

Boko Haram: It’s all in the Name

Founded in 2002, Boko Haram was founded on a hatred of all things western. Indeed, the name Boko Haram translates into "Western education is forbidden." Like all religious zealots supporting the banner of Islam, education is their true enemy and they will not stop the indiscriminate killings of all those who stand opposed to their violent ideology.

Advocates of strict Sharia law, Boko Haram Islamic fundamentalists have a painful history of targeting educational institutions with the design of suppressing education. In April, Boko Haram militants abducted upwards of 200 female students from the Government Girls Secondary School while the girls slept in their dormitory. Eight months later the fate of those missing girls is still unclear.

A Shift in Strategy?

This latest slaughter suggests a shift in strategy for the violence prone group. Previously, the group had told villagers in their conquered domains that they would only target enemies, and planned on leaving innocents to live in peace in their self-declared Islamic Caliphate, which covers large swaths of northern Nigeria. For those of us in the west, these Islamic barbarians are a clear and present danger to the lifestyle that we cherish.



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