Amnesty slams Nigeria army for abuses in Boko Haram battle

Nigerian military abuses caused the deaths of some 8,000 people in the fight against Boko Haram extremists, Amnesty International said Wednesday in a report naming senior officers it wants investigated for alleged war crimes. The London-based human rights group called on Nigeria’s newly-elected government, led by former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari, to urgently investigate the deaths of “8,000 people murdered, starved, suffocated, and tortured to death.” If correct, those figures would exponentially increase the estimated toll from the nearly 6-year-old Islamic uprising, put at about 13,000 dead. There was no immediate response from the military.



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