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ICC Note: Islamist terror group Al-Shabaab has released a video depicting the brutal execution of at least six men forced to swim out to sea and then shot to death in the water off the coast of Somalia. While the reason for the killings remains unclear, the summary-style executions bear some resemblance to the Islamic State (ISIS) murder of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya in February 2015.

By Samuel Smith

3/30/2015 Somalia (Christian Post) – The al-Shabaab terrorist group in Somalia has released a new ISIS-style execution video purporting to show the execution of a group of male Somali civilians who were forced into the sea to swim for their lives and fatally gunned down by a firing squad of militants using machine guns.

In the 2-minute video titled “Remembrance 2,” released by al-Shabaab’s media wing al-Kataib Foundation, extremists are seen leading at least six fully clothed male civilians that look to be in their 20s to the ocean and forcing them to swim out to sea. Once the men began swimming for their lives, the militant gunmen unloaded a barrage of bullets, brutally killing the civilians.

Along with the splashes from bullets hitting the water, the video also shows the bullets drilling victims in their heads. The video then shows the men’s dead bodies floating in the water. The bodies are thought to be left unburied and one even washed up on the shore, the AhlulBayt News Agency reported.

The video is the second in a two-part series released by the al-Qaeda-associated terrorist group. The group also released additional footage in the video, which showed the execution of another handful of Somali male civilians.

The second execution featured al-Shabaab fighters leading a group of seven men from a small prison room onto a beach somewhere along the Somali coast. The civilians were forced to form a human chain by holding onto the the person’s waist in front of them.

As the men walked on the beach several fighters stood on guard to ensure that they didn’t escape; the civilians were then forced to sit down on the sand where they were blindfolded with material from their own clothing, The Daily Mail reports.

The men were subsequently forced to kneel by the shoreline where they were fatally shot in the back of their heads. As they were being killed, some of their bodies fell into the ocean while other bodies fell back on the ledge.

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