Islamic Uprising In Nigeria Responsible for At Least 1,500 Deaths This Year

In this Thursday, June 6, 2013 file photo, soldiers stand guard at the offices of the state-run Nigerian Television Authority in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Boko Haram, the radical group that once attacked only government institutions and security forces, is increasingly targeting civilians. (AP)
In this Thursday, June 6, 2013 file photo, soldiers stand guard at the offices of the state-run Nigerian Television Authority in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Boko Haram, the radical group that once attacked only government institutions and security forces, is increasingly targeting civilians. (AP)

The Islamic uprising in Nigeria is behind at least 1,500 deaths this year alone.

Amnesty International reports the attacks on civilians are happening on an increasing scale.

“The international community cannot continue to look the other way in the face of extra-judicial executions, attacks on civilians, and other crimes under international law being committed on a mass scale,” Netsanet Belay, the group’s advocacy director for Africa, said.

The Associated Press notes the number of killings since the beginning of this year is equal to the total killed from 2010 through mid 2013.

The latest attack from extremists came Sunday night. Militants burnt down military quarters and destroyed a cell phone tower in Yobe state.

They reportedly killed three police officers and two soldiers. Residents fled Monday morning.

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SOURCE: CBN News

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