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Video Of Troops Slitting Boko Haram Suspects Throats Revealed by eunisam: 7:36am On Aug 05, 2014
Lagos - Footage obtained by
human rights group Amnesty
International and released on
Tuesday appears to show
Nigerian soldiers slitting the
throats of Boko Haram suspects and dumping their
bodies in a mass grave. Nigeria's military is battling an
increasingly vicious Islamist
insurgency by Boko Haram,
which wants to carve an
Islamic state out of religiously
mixed Nigeria. But its forces frequently come repeatedly
under fire for human rights
abuses, including torture and
extrajudicial killings they
usually deny. It was not possible to
independently verify the
video, which also includes
images of suspects being
pulled off the back of trucks
and beaten by soldiers and allied civilian militias. Amnesty said the extrajudicial
killings occurred shortly after
Boko Haram's attack on a
detention centre in Giwa
Barracks, in the northeastern
city of Maiduguri, on March 14. Nigerian Defence spokesman
Major-General Chris Olukolade,
who normally bristles at
suggestions of abuses by
Nigerian soldiers, said in at
statement that "the military authorities view these grave
allegations very seriously. "Much as the scenes depicted
in this video are alien to our
operations and doctrines, it
has to be investigated to
ensure that such practices
have not crept, surreptitiously, into the system," Olukolade
said. He emphasised that such
behaviour would be counter to
the training Nigerian troops
are given. "That level of barbarism and
impunity has no place in the
Nigerian military. Respect for
the sanctity of life is always
boldly emphasized in our
doctrinal training," he said. In the most gruesome of the
videos, suspects are kept to
one side while graves are dug.
Then the grave is shown half-
full of bodies. A half-naked
man is pulled from a truck and held down while a man in
military uniform slices his neck
open with a combat knife,
hurling his body into the pit.
The scene is repeated with
another suspect on the same bloodied patch at the edge of
grave. The footage comes a week
after Boko Haram leader
Abubakar Shekau released a
video of his fighters beheading
a Nigerian soldier -- a standard
practice for the militants. Amnesty's report also shows
the aftermath of a Boko Haram
attack on a village that the
rights group said had killed
100 people. Amnesty said 4,000 people
had been killed in the conflict
this year. A military operation since May
last year has aimed to crush
the rebels. But they have
proved remarkably resilient
and have struck back in
attacks that increasingly target the civilian population, killing
hundreds. "This shocking new evidence
is further proof of the
appalling crimes being
committed with abandon by
all sides in the conflict ... what
does it say when members of the military carry out such
unspeakable acts and capture
the images on film?" said Salil
Shetty, Amnesty
International's secretary
general. "Numerous testimonies we
have gathered suggest that
extrajudicial executions are, in
fact, regularly carried out by
the Nigerian military," she
added. Rights groups argue that such
acts by the military are not
only wrong but counter-
productive, as they fuel much
of the anger that has helped
drive the insurgency over the past five years. It is also a
primary reason cited by U.S.
and British forces for not
giving Nigeria more counter-
insurgency support. Boko Haram was a largely
non-violent clerical movement
against Western culture until
the killing of its founder,
Mohammed Yusuf, in police
custody transformed it into a full- scale armed rebellion. Olukolade said forensic
experts would study the
footage "in order to ascertain
the veracity of the claims with
a view to identifying those
behind such acts. This will ... stimulate necessary legal
action against any personnel
or anyone found culpable in
accordance with the
provisions of the law." http://m.news24.com/nigeria/National/News/Video-of-troops-slitting-Boko-Haram-suspects-throats-revealed-20140805
Re: Video Of Troops Slitting Boko Haram Suspects Throats Revealed by tilipia(m): 7:39am On Aug 05, 2014
Re: Video Of Troops Slitting Boko Haram Suspects Throats Revealed by nueltrans: 7:40am On Aug 05, 2014
The Nigerian military should have cremated those BH dogs alive!

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Re: Video Of Troops Slitting Boko Haram Suspects Throats Revealed by eunisam: 7:52am On Aug 05, 2014
They shouldn't have mercy on boko haram.
Re: Video Of Troops Slitting Boko Haram Suspects Throats Revealed by Omexonomy: 7:54am On Aug 05, 2014
Which soldier do u think can do such also video the act only for it to go viral everywhere.
Re: Video Of Troops Slitting Boko Haram Suspects Throats Revealed by Chynx(m): 7:55am On Aug 05, 2014
Very old video...without a clear source.
Never made the media cos of its integrity.

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