Nigerian military kills 40 in Maiduguri – Witnesses

The JTF allegedly killed about 40 residents of Maidugri, the capital city of Borno.

The Joint Task Force in Maiduguri, the troubled capital city Borno state, shot dead at least 40 people during raids in the city, witnesses said on Friday.

Two witnesses told PREMIUM TIMES that the JTF, which is on a peace-keeping mission, raided several neighbourhoods in Maiduguri late on Thursday and arrested and shot dead scores of people.

“About 30 people were killed during a raid in Gwange, behind Zawiya,” a source, who saw the raids, told PREMIUM TIMES.

Another resident said the JTF also raided the Gambaru area of the city and he saw at least 10 bodies after the raid. He said some of the victims were tagged members of the terrorist Boko Haram sect and killed on the spot, while others were taken away by the rampaging  soldiers.

“I saw at least 10 bodies,” the witness, who asked not to be named, said.

The JTF spokesman in Maiduguri, Sagir Musa, did not respond to telephone calls and text messages seeking his comments on the allegations.

“More than 30 bodies were brought in by the JTF yesterday and most of them were young men,” a nurse at one Maiduguri hospital, Yagana Bukar, also told Reuters.

The killings are coming a day after human rights group, Amnesty International, released a report condemning the tactics of the Nigerian security in combating the terrorist Boko Haram sect.

The rights group said Nigerian security forces extra judicially executed, detained without trial or charge and forced the disappearance of hundreds of people accused of links to the Boko Haram sect.

One eye-witness told Amnesty International that on Thursday she saw dozens of bodies on the floor of the morgue with bullet wounds and that some bodies were buried on Friday morning.


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