Nigeria: Amnesty accuses the army of massacring Shiites

Nigeria: Amnesty accuses the army of massacring Shiites

Amnesty International on Friday accused Nigeria’s military of deliberately shooting dead more than 350 Shiite Muslims, burying them in mass graves and destroying evidence of the crime.

The 12 and 13 December, clashes occurred in Zaria, a stronghold of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) in Kaduna State in northern Nigeria. According to the advocacy group Human Rights, the army acted “illegally” in Zaria pulling “blind” on unarmed civilians.

In its report entitled “Revealing the truth about unlawful killings and mass concealment in Zaria,” Amnesty considers unfounded allegations of the army according to which the supporters of the IMN have tried to assassinate the general, an accusation formally denied by the Shiite group.

The head of the IMN, Ibrahim Zakzaky, and his wife are imprisoned in Zaria since the facts. The army, which has often been accused of abuses against civilians in its fight against the Sunni insurgency Boko Haram, maintains that its troops reacted appropriately in Zaria (…)

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