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Boko Haram Mimics Military Drills, Checkpoint Assault In Propaganda Video

Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah Wa’l-Jihād popularly known as Boko Haram in a new propaganda video released on Monday showed its members mimicking military drills and assault on a checkpoint. 

The 17 minutes 26-second long video in Hausa, English and Arabic showed insurgents practicing obstacle crossing and weapon handling in different firing positions. 

Obstacle crossing drill by insurgents
Obstacle crossing drill by insurgents

In the video, the insurgents wore brown combat fatigue and balaclava while holding PKM machine guns, what appears to be Zastava M21 rifles and different variants of the Kalashnikov assault rifle they commonly use in the Nigerian Northeast region where they have operated majorly over a decade.

Insurgents kneeling with their rifles 
Insurgents kneeling with their rifles

The Zastava M21 likely captured by the Cameroonian security forces has appeared in previous pictures shared by Boko Haram factions or reported to have been recovered by security forces.

The fighters were instructed and guided by a trainer in military-style combat fatigue, who later spoke in English and fired what resembles an American made M-60 LPG and rocket-propelled grenade launcher. 

An insurgent with what appears to be an American made M-60 LPG
An insurgent with what appears to be an American made M-60 LPG

Towards the tail end of the video, a group of insurgents was shown moving to assault another group of insurgents dressed in Nigerian military combat fatigue and mounting what looked like a checkpoint constructed for training. 

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