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[Published: Thursday November 01 2012]

Amnesty blames Nigeria army in Boko Haram crackdown 

London, 1 Nov - (ANA) - Rights group Amnesty International has accused Nigerian security forces of widespread abuses in their campaign against the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. Amnesty says in a report that abuses include extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearance and torture. A spokesman from the Nigerian army rejected the accusations, saying soldiers always operate within the law. Boko Haram campaigns for an Islamic state and has been blamed for the deaths of hundreds of people this year. It has carried out frequent attacks in northern and central Nigeria since 2009. In its report, Amnesty blamed Boko Haram for widespread atrocities, including murder, burning down churches and schools, and attacks against the media. But it said a heavy-handed response by the security forces had only fuelled further violence. Amnesty's report documents what it calls an "increasing climate of fear" in which people are too scared to report crimes and journalists do not dare to cover them. It calls on Nigeria's government to clarify the truth about incidents linked to Boko Haram, establish accountability for abuses and bring those responsible to justice.(ANA)
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