Boko Haram Battle: Army Rejects ‘Killing’ Video

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The man pleaded for his life before apparently being shot

Nigeria’s military has dismissed as fake a video said to show
a soldier shooting dead a captive at close range in the northern city of
Maiduguri.

A
soldier who said he filmed the killing two weeks ago passed the recording to
the Reuters news agency.

Nigeria’s
security forces have repeatedly been accused of summary executions while
fighting the militant Islamist group,Boko Haram.

The
BBC has not been able to verify the video’s authenticity.
BBC
Nigeria correspondent Will Ross says the video shows a man being pushed to the
ground by a soldier, kicked in the head and then shot dead.
Next
to him are at least four corpses, apparently of people who were also killed by
soldiers.
An
army spokesman said he had not seen the grainy video.
However,
he believed it was staged and it was impossible for Nigerians soldiers to carry
out such killings.
Earlier
this month, rights group Amnesty International accused Nigeria’s security
forces of carrying out widespread abuses in their campaign against Boko
Haram
, including extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and
torture.
The
group is campaigning to impose Islamic law across Nigeria.
It
has carried out a wave of bombings and assassinations in northern and central
Nigeria since 2009.
Maiduguri
is one of the group’s strongholds.
BBC

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