Nigeria army kills 30 in raid on militant bastion: witnesses

Fri Nov 2, 2012 3:23pm GMT
 

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigerian troops shot dead at least 30 people during raids in the northeast city of Maiduguri, bastion of the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram, witnesses and hospital staff said on Friday.

Three witnesses told Reuters that soldiers from the Joint Task Force (JTF) raided several neighbourhoods in Maiduguri late on Thursday and arrested or shot dead dozens of young men.

"More than 30 bodies were brought in by the JTF yesterday and most of them were young men," a nurse at one Maiduguri hospital Yagana Bukar told Reuters. The military spokesman in Maiduguri did not respond to requests for comment.

A Nigerian army Armored Personnel Carrier patrols in Lagos, Nigeria, April 26, 2011. REUTERS/Joseph Penney
 
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