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Nigeria: Teens executed in response to Islamic violence

November 4, 2012

Fear is gripping Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri with many men fleeing after the alleged execution style killings of around 40 young men, mostly teenagers, who residents say were rounded up and shot.

“All male residents have left the neighbourhood … Those that remain are women, children and elderly men,” said resident Fatima Mustapha.

The city is the stronghold of an insurgency by Boko Haram Islamists, blamed for the death of hundreds of people in northern and central Nigeria since 2009….

She said the men had fled fearing a heavy handed military response to the murder of the general who was being buried on Saturday…

Residents said troops conducting raids in areas of Maiduguri on Thursday separated males in their teens and twenties from older men and shot them.

In the Kalari neighbourhood they told the young men “to lie face down on the ground,” then asked the rest to look away, one resident said.

“All we heard were gunshots. They shot them on the spot,” said the elderly religious leader, who did not want to be named, adding that the troops did the same in three other neighbourhoods.




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