Fides Service report - "At the moment I cannot confirm the reports of Amnesty International with regards to the indiscriminate killing of civilians by the forces of antiterrorism", says His Exc. Mgr. Oliver Dashe Doeme, Bishop of Maiduguri, the capital of the State of Borno, in the north-east of Nigeria, where, according to a report by Amnesty International, on July 23, a group of soldiers of the Joint Task Force (JTF) after being the subject of a bombing, they opened fire indiscriminately on the crowd , killing at least 23 civilians.
"The problem is that the attacks continue almost every day, but no arrest of those responsible has been carried out by the security forces. This contributes to an increasing sense of distrust between the military and the population", said the Bishop of Maiduguri, describing the climate in which such a tragic event could have occurred, without justifying it. The Boko Haram Islamic sect is accused of being responsible for terrorist attacks against the police force, churches and cafeterias. According to Amnesty International, since the beginning of the year 250 people have died in the attacks attributed to the sect. The humanitarian organization, however, also denounces the brutalities committed by the military. (L.M.)