Human Rights Watch (HRW) yesterday, July 14, reported that Boko Haram insurgents had killed at least 2,053 civilians in the first half of 2014.
The said figure is based on detailed analysis of information in the media and on the field investigations, NAN reports with reference to the statement of the organization.
Signed by the West Africa Director at HRW Corinne Dufka, the document reads:
“These attacks are in over 70 towns and villages in north eastern Nigeria, in the federal capital, Abuja, and elsewhere that are apparent crimes against humanity… Since January, at least 432 people have been reported killed in 14 blasts in crowded marketplaces, a brothel, a technical college, and, on two occasions, places where people were watching soccer matches.”
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Pointing out the increase in the number of deaths caused by bombings, the official called Boko Haram actions “crimes against humanity”.
“The bulk of the attacks and casualties credibly reported and investigated by Human Rights Watch took place in Borno State, the birthplace of Boko Haram, where 1,446 people died. “Attacks killed 151 in Adamawa state and 143 civilians in Yobe state.”
Meanwhile female students abducted 3 months ago in Chibok, Borno State, still remain in captivity of Boko Haram insurgents. Although the Nigerian military and authorities claimed weeks ago they had located the girls, the operation on their final rescued has not been carried out yet.
In the latest video made available on Sunday, the sect leader Abubakar Shekau once again said he would not release the girls unless the Nigerian government frees Boko Haram militants.