Boko Haram video shows severing of hands of alleged thieves

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Lagos (Nigeria), Nov 3: 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 yesterday 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.

Boko Haram video shows severing of hands

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.

Nigeria's homegrown 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.

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Boko Haram has been carrying out raids and suicide bombings that have killed hundreds in all four countries.

AP

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