By ZENIT Staff

Representatives of the Islamic State released a video over the weekend purportedly showing the murder of 11 Christians in Nigeria’s Borno State on Christmas Day, reported Vatican News and several major news outlets.

In the gruesome video, the Islamic State said the murders were part of its recently declared campaign to avenge the deaths of its leader and spokesman in Syria. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the late leader of the group, was killed in Syria in late October.

The video was released on December 26 and timed to coincide with Christmas celebrations. It was filmed in an unidentified location.

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