Nigeria soldiers killed Shiite children, no provocation
23 December 2015, Nirapad News: Human Rights Watch says Nigerian soldiers fired on unarmed Shiite children with no provocation before unjustified raids that killed hundreds of the minority group in the West African nation.
The charges come as the guardian of Nigeria’s Muslims, the Sultan of Sokoto, warned the government against actions that could radicalize some in a country that has lost 20,000 lives to the Boko Haram Islamic uprising.
A Human Rights Watch report Wednesday doubts the Nigerian military’s version that raids on Shiites in northern Zaria town followed an attempted assassination of the army chief.
The New York-based group says the army’s version “just doesn’t stack up.”
As many as 1,000 people may have been killed over Dec. 12-14.
The group’s leader, Iran-influenced Ibraheem Zakzaky, was wounded and is among scores detained.