LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) – Boko Haram, the extremist group in Nigeria, has published a video that shows charred plane wreckage and the beheading of a man identified as a pilot of a missing Nigerian Air Force jet, bolstering the group’s claims that it shot down a fighter plane.
The video also allegedly features Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, a man Nigeria’s military twice has claimed to kill – first in 2009 and again last year.
Two weeks ago the military said they had killed a Shekau lookalike who had posed in the group’s videos.
The United States still has a $7 million bounty on Shekau’s head.
The video was made available to The Associated Press through the same channels used previously and seems to show the same man.
Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters suggested in a blog that the insurgents had manipulated images and cloned “another Shekau”.
In the video, the man identified as Shekau says Boko Haram is implementing strict Syariah law in areas of northeast Nigeria under its control.
Examples are shown, including the stoning death of a man apparently accused of adultery; the amputation of the hand of a young man accused of theft; the lashings of a man and what appears to be a girl covered in a hijab.
The video ends with a show of burnt-out plane parts in rugged bush.