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Boko Haram video shows severing of hands of ‘thieves’

In this photo taken on Friday, a poster featuring wanted Boko Haram members, is seen pasted onto the wall by the army in Maiduguri, Nigeria. A new Boko Haram video posted on social media on Monday shows the members of the militant Islamic group severing the right hands of two men alleged to have stolen money.

In this photo taken on Friday, a poster featuring wanted Boko Haram members, is seen pasted onto the wall by the army in Maiduguri, Nigeria. A new Boko Haram video posted on social media on Monday shows the members of the militant Islamic group severing the right hands of two men alleged to have stolen money.  

One of the armed fighters says they are meting out God’s "prescribed punishment."

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 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.

Radical version of Islamic law

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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