Inquiry commission: Nigeria’s army killed almost 350 Shiite Muslims

The Nigerian military killed at least 347 members of a Shiite Muslim minority group last December, an inquiry commission said Monday.

The attacks took place over three days in mid-December in the northern city of Zaria, the commission said. The bodies were buried in a mass grave, according to the commission, which was set up by the state government of Kaduna, where Zaria is located.

Human rights groups, including Amnesty International, had uncovered the killings in April, but the army denied the charges.

The government should take steps “to identify members of the Nigerian army who participated in the killings with a view of prosecuting them,” the report recommended.

The majority of Nigerian Muslims belong to the Sunni faith.

Last update: Mon, 01/08/2016 - 23:24
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