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Boko Haram Trains Next Generation Of Fighters In New Video

A new video released by Nigeria’s Jihadist group, Boko Haram, shows child soldiers undergoing religious and combat training in a camp.

The images show relatively young children dressed in combat-style clothing and balaclava participating in martial arts training, weapon handling training and religious education class.

Instructors and trainees.

At least two instructors and one child had what appeared to be the Zastava M21, likely captured from Cameroonian security forces. 

The Zastava M21, built based on the Kalashnikov design, has appeared in previous pictures shared by Boko Haram factions or reported to have been recovered by security forces.

Some children were also shown holding different Kalashnikov pattern assault rifles with under folding, side-folding and fixed wooden stocks.

Child soldiers in religious class

A section of the 16 minutes and 40 seconds video in Hausa and Arabic showed religious education and indoctrination sessions.

HumAngle reports that Boko Haram has occasionally shown different generations of fighters it is grooming to sustain the insurgency.

Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa (ISWAP) have been waging a bloody insurgency in North East Nigeria and Lake Chad which has led to at least 30,000 deaths and displaced over two million people.

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Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Education from the University of Abuja.

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