Nigerian Christians executed in chilly blood by Islamist extremists

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The executioners warned other Christians before they shot the men

Christians are among the five Nigerian men who were executed in Nigeria by Islamist extremists.

The deaths were recorded in a 35-second video that Eons Intelligence posted on YouTube before it was removed.

It showed the blindfolded men kneeling in front of five militants standing behind them holding AK-47 rifles.

One of the executioners then spoke to the camera before the executions were carried out to warn other Christians that if they did not stop spreading the gospel and converting to Islam, they would be next.

"This is a message to everyone used by unbelievers to convert Muslims to Christianity," said one of the executioners Morning Star News.

"We want you out there to understand that those of you who are used to convert Muslims to Christianity are only used for selfish purposes.

"And that's the reason why they won't save you or work to secure your release from us if we capture you. And that's because they don't need you or appreciate your life. We ask you to do so Return to Allah by becoming Muslim and we will continue to block all roads (highways) you travel.

"If you ignore our warning, the fate of these five people will be your fate."

After he finished his message, the five men were shot.

A Borno resident told Morning Star News that the three Christians were: Ishaku Yakubu, a Chibok volunteer who worked against hunger and was a member of the Church of the Brothers (EYN); Luka Filibus, a Mongolian helper with the International Rescue Committee and also an EYN member; and Joseph Prince, a private security worker who was a member of the Redeemed Christian Church in Maiduguri.

The perpetrators were identified as members of the Boko Haram faction of the Islamic State in the province of West Africa (ISWAP).

The other two victims of the execution are believed to have been Muslims.

ISWAP has reportedly requested $ 500,000 for her release.

Scot Bower, chief operating officer of Christian Solidarity Worldwide, said the military needs to be strengthened to protect Christians and others in northern Nigeria.

"CSW extends its deepest condolences to the families of Abdulrahman Babagana, Darman Dungus, Joseph Prince, Ishaku Yakubu and Luka Filibus. These cowardly executions are a gross violation of international law and we strongly condemn them," he said.

"Once again, a death cult that is making the most terrible efforts to extort money and make headlines has robbed the world of committed, courageous people who have worked selflessly to help vulnerable communities in a dangerous area.

"We urge the Nigerian government to provide adequate supplies to military units serving in the northeast of the country so that they can tackle the terrorist threat with determination and provide adequate protection to civilians."

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