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Islamic militants film the execution of two Christian aid workers captured after trying to build shelters for displaced and homeless people

Islamic militant group Boko Haram released video last week of the execution of two Christian aid workers in Nigeria.

The video, which was posted on September 22, shows Lawrence Duna Dacighir and Godfrey Ali Shikagham kneeling in front of three masked executioners before being shot dead from behind.

One of the masked men then vowed to kill every Christian they capture in revenge for the Muslims killed in past conflicts.

Screen capture from Islamic State’s Amaq news site of Christian aid workers Godfrey Ali Shikagham (left) and Lawrence Duna Dacighir before their execution by Boko Haram. (Morning Star News)

According to Christianity Today, the two young men had travelled to Maiduguri to help build shelters for people displaced by Islamic extremist violence.

Pastor John Pofi, a cousin of the two Christian men, told Morning Star News: “Lawrence and Godfrey left Abuja for Maiduguri in search of opportunities to utilize their skills for the betterment of humanity and paid with their lives.”

“We will never get their corpses to bury. The community will have to make do with a makeshift memorial to these young lives cut short so horrifically.”

Christians in Nigeria have suffered persecution at the hands of Boko Haram for years. An attack carried out last year left more than 100 people dead.

Open Doors has said Nigeria is one of the most violent countries for Christians in the world, accounting for 90% of Christian deaths in the 2019 World Watch List reporting period.

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