Five and a half-minute video from West Africa titled “Disperse By [Means Of] Them” showing Islamic State affiliates attacking a Nigerian soldiers base with the same over run and looting tactics which have become the staple attack methodology. The attack on troops followed the seizing of Gudumbali on Friday September 7th in Borno State. Print media are now reporting that the situation has returned to “normalcy” (The Guardian).
The title comes from Qur’anic verse 8:57 – “So if you, [Oh Muhammad], gain dominance over them in war, disperse by [means of] them those behind them that perhaps they will be reminded.”
Video from West Ifriqiyyah media, possibly from September 2015, show Boko Haram insurgents near Borno moving across a grassy area with small to large tree cover. At first it is not clear what or who they are firing at. A tank appears and is chased by the lightly armed ground force. The video continues showing Government troops driving away, but it is not long until the insurgents catch up with the remaining Nigerian Troops. Bodies are shown in various states of injury as they are looted. One of the Government soldiers is captured alive and is gratuitously despatched in a cruel beheading scene.
The video concludes with the Boko Haram insurgents seemingly delighted with their haul of looted weapons and ammunition, which in reality would possibly only replace what they expended.
Nigerian forces have repelled Boko Haram only to have to take that same region again at a later date. One recent attempt to dissuade attacks is to ban the use of horses by military, (here)
Baga has recently been retaken by Nigerian Forces. Boko Haram have left a trail of destruction and death behind them.
Images of the destruction, from and earlier post. (here)
This video begins with a dramatically transitioned introduction and moves into a creepy shadow like scene which visually breaks open to show two men being led, hands bound, next edit, two men holding large knives, stand menacingly behind the two men. A man with one leg, on the captors side, sits in a green plastic garden chair, black Daesh flag behind him.
One of the men is questioned and in English subtitles we learn he is a farmer from Baga City. He had met a man who took him to a policeman who offered the two money (about $25 US Dollars each) for information regarding the people who lived in the village.
The video ends with the two men’s heads resting on their chests.
At the time the Defence Headquarters issued a statement after the plane had failed to return. (here)
“left Yola at about 10:45a.m on 12 September 2014 on a routine operational mission and was expected back by 12:00 noon”.
“Since then, all efforts to establish contact with the aircraft have not yielded any positive result,”
The video from early December 2014 shows the body of what may be the co-pilot who possibly died on impact, different parts of the airframe are displayed showing the Nigerian rounds.
The pilot then speaks whilst kneeling on the ground and explains the details of his capture.
A short rant follows from a man holding an axe in which Barak Obama is addressed by name.
A forty odd strike beheading ensues followed by the atypical display of the body.
Nigerian Army Support Group released the statement below on social media.
“This is his story. Read it, share it. This man was a hero, of the highest order.
“On 11/09/14, a company of NA soldiers attempted to overrun a BH position in Borno. Due to the low altitude, the plane suffered significant damage from the terrorists’ gunfire. Wing Commander Hedima and his partner realised that they were going to crash.
“They, instead of hurriedly parachuting to safety within Nigerian controlled territory, chose to embark on a mission to destroy as many terrorists and their weapons as possible”.
“They parachuted out at the last minute but not before ensuring their plane slammed into a column of terrorists; 63 Boko Haram members were killed as a result of their bravery.
“Wing Commander Hedima was captured. On 12/09/14, he was killed.
“He chose Nigeria, he chose all of us. We cannot forget him. Please share his story. His name should be known by everyone.
“Rest in peace Commander, we are grateful. May you find eternal peace; Thank you for your service.”
“The state of western Sudan (Nigeria) – drop the enemy aircraft and implement the rule of God in the pilot”
Wing Commander Hedima