Nige­rian army kills at least 150 pro-Bi­afra sep­a­ratists

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LA­GOS — Amnesty In­ter­na­tional says Nige­ria’s mil­i­tary has killed at least 150 peace­ful pro­test­ers in a “chill­ing cam­paign” to re­press re­newed de­mands to cre­ate a break­away state of Bi­afra in the south­east. Nige­ria’s mil­i­tary de­nied “killing of de­fence­less ag­i­ta­tors”.

A re­port yes­ter­day from the London-based hu­man rights or­gan­i­sa­tion says an anal­y­sis of 87 videos, 122 pho­to­graphs and 146 tes­ti­monies shows “the mil­i­tary fired live am­mu­ni­tion with lit­tle or no warn­ing” into crowds protest­ing be­tween Au­gust 2015 and Au­gust 2016.

A mil­i­tary state­ment said soldiers “ex­er­cised max­i­mum re­straint” in re­sponse to vi­o­lent pro­test­ers who in one in­stance killed five po­lice of­fi­cers. It ac­cused se­ces­sion­ists of “a reign of hate, ter­ror and ethno-re­li­gious con­tro­ver­sies ... (threat­en­ing) national se­cu­rity.”

Nige­ria’s 1967-1970 civil war to cre­ate Bi­afra for the Igbo peo­ple killed about one mil­lion peo­ple. — AFP

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