Aliu Shehu with Agency report
A civilian self-defense commander says a suicide bomber has exploded
outside a bus station in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri,
killing himself and one other person.
It is the sixth attack in four weeks on the city that is the
birthplace of the oko Haram Islamic extremist group. Most attacks have
been foiled with the bombers killing only themselves.
Cmdr. Habuya Mahmud of the Civilian Joint Task Force says Wednesday
night’s bomber was prevented from entering Muna Garage bus station but
killed an innocent bystander. Last Friday, two suicide bombers blew up
at Muna Garage, killing two self-defense fighters.
Boko Haram has stepped up attacks after a months-long lull in the
7-year-old Islamic uprising that has killed more than 20,000 people
and forced 2.6 million from their homes.
Meanwhile 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, Amnesty
International said Thursday.
The military denied any “killing of defenseless agitators.” Security
forces have “exercised maximum restraint” in response to violent
protesters who in May killed five police officers and wounded several
soldiers, said army spokesman Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman.
The London-based human rights organization said an analysis of 87
videos, 122 photographs and testimony from 146 witnesses showed “the
military fired live ammunition with little or no warning” into crowds
protesting in several cities between August 2015 and August 2016.
Hundreds of people have been arbitrarily detained and some tortured,
Amnesty said.
The report quotes one woman in Onitsha city who said her husband
called her May 30 to say a soldier had shot him in the stomach and he
was in a military truck with six others, four already dead, and then
whispering that the vehicle had stopped. Then she heard gunshots. The
woman later found her husband’s body at a mortuary with three gunshot
wounds, one to the stomach and two in the chest, the report said.
Amnesty said it has “evidence of mass extrajudicial executions by
security forces,” including at least 60 people killed at a May 30
rally in Onitsha to commemorate the 1967-1970 civil war to create a
Biafran state for the Igbo people. One million people died in that
Usman accused the secessionists of targeting other tribes in “a reign
of hate, terror and ethno-religious controversies … (threatening)
national security.”
Protests have increased, along with military violence, since the
October 2015 arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, a leader of the Indigenous People
of Biafra, who has broadcast incendiary statements in southeast
Nigeria through the group’s London-based clandestine Radio Biafra.
Amnesty said that Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to
investigate but done nothing about its previous reports documenting
the December 2015 military killings of more than 300 Shiites and the
deaths in military detention of some 8,000 people in the war to curb
Boko Haram’s Islamic.

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