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Nigerian soldiers burnt Shi'ites alive in Zaria - Amnesty

22 April 2016, 06:40

Abuja - Human Rights group Amnesty International has released a report on the Zaria clash between Shi'ite Muslims and the Army, saying that troops went to horrendous lengths to hide the carnage that ensued.

According to Naij, Amnesty International has accused the Nigerian Army directly for the killing of hundreds of Shi'ite Muslims, claiming that many women and children were burned alive in order to rid the area of evidence.

“The true horror of what happened over those two days in Zaria is only now coming to light. Bodies were left littered in the streets and piled outside the mortuary. Some of the injured were burned alive.” 

Also read: Calls to investigate military killings of Shi'ites

“Our research, based on witness testimonies and analysis of satellite images, has located one possible mass grave. It is time now for the military to come clean and admit where it secretly buried hundreds of bodies,” said Netsanet Belay, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for Africa.

Amnesty has claimed that various witnesses have given accounts to atrocities committed in Zaria, with many accusing troops of having massacred those who were injured and helpless before placing them in mass graves.

The human rights advocacy group has since pleaded with Government to give detained Shi'ites a fair trial, while bringing those responsible for the killings to book.

Read more at Naij

- News24


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