by Morgan Winsor
A report by rights group Amnesty International contains horrifying eyewitness accounts of the mass slaughter of hundreds of men, women and children by the Nigerian military in the northern city of Zaria. The report, which was released Friday, also details how the authorities tried to destroy and conceal the 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,” said Netsanet Belay, Amnesty International’s research and advocacy director for Africa. “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.”
Nigerian forces arrested Islamic Movement in Nigeria leader Ibrahim Zakzaky in early-morning raids Dec. 13 on his house and other buildings affiliated with the minority Shiite Muslim sect in Zaria. The raids occurred a day after sect members tried to block a convoy carrying Nigerian army chief of staff Lt. Col. Tukur Buratai to an inauguration ceremony for recruits in Zaria, witnesses told Reuters at the time. Zakzaky’s deputy and the group’s chief spokesman were among those reportedly killed in the bloody clash. Read full in IBTimes
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