U.S. in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­le­ga­tions of tor­ture

Cape Breton Post - - World -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG — A spokesman for the U.S. mil­i­tary says it has opened an in­quiry into al­le­ga­tions that Cameroo­nian troops car­ried out tor­ture at a base where Amer­i­can troops were present.

Amnesty In­ter­na­tional last month said it had doc­u­mented 80 cases of abuse by Cameroo­nian troops at their Salak base in the coun­try’s Far North re­gion. Amnesty al­leged the abuses were car­ried out be­tween 2013 and 2017 against people sus­pected of in­volve­ment with Nige­ri­abased Boko Haram ex­trem­ists.

Amnesty said U.S. troops were present at sev­eral lo­ca­tions within the Salak base, head­quar­ters of Cameroon’s Rapid In­ter­ven­tion Bat­tal­ion.

Col. Mark Chea­dle, a spokesman for the U.S. Africa Com­mand, said Fri­day that a “com­man­der’s in­quiry” has been launched to de­ter­mine if any U.S. troops were aware of any of the al­leged abuses.

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