Boko Haram beheads pilot of ‘missing’ airforce jet

A new Boko Haram
video shows the
beheading of a man
identified as the pilot of
a missing Nigerian Air
Force jet and burnt out
parts of a plane — the
first indication that the Islamic extremist group has the
capability to bring down aircraft.
It also allegedly features Boko Haram leader Abubakar
Shekau, a man the military has claimed to have killed last
year. Two weeks ago, the military said they had killed in
battle a Shekau lookalike who had posed in the group’s
videos.
“Here I am, alive and I will remain alive until the day Allah
takes away my breath,” the man says in the Hausa language.
“Even if you kill me … it will not stop us imposing Islamic
rule … We are still in our Islamic state, reigning and teaching
the Koran.”
The United States still has a $7m ransom on Shekau’s head,
despite the death claims.
The video was made available to The Associated Press
through the same channels used previously and seems to
show the same man claiming to be Shekau.
In the latest video, he says they are prosecuting in
accordance with Shariah law in areas under their control.
Examples of punishments are shown, including the stoning
to death of a man apparently accused of adultery; the
amputation of the hand of a young man accused of theft; the
lashings of a man and what appears to be a girl covered in
the hijab.
The video ends with a show of burnt out plane parts in
rugged bush.
Two pilots and an Alpha jet have been missing since
September 11 when it left Yola, Adamawa State, on a
bombing mission against Boko Haram.
The video shows a kneeling man in a camouflage vest with
his right hand in a sling, with a fighter hovering over him
with an axe, which is later used in the beheading.
Speaking in English, the victim identifies himself as a Wing
Commander in the Nigerian Air Force and says he was
undertaking a mission in Kauri area of Borno State on
September 11.
“We were shot down and our aircraft crashed,” he says,
appearing to keep his composure throughout the ordeal. “To
this day, I don’t know the whereabouts of my second pilot.”
Shekau claims in the video to have brought down 10 military
aircraft.
The Defense Headquarters has denied speculation that Boko
Haram brought down a helicopter gunship that crashed in
August. The pilot died, two crew members survived.

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