. Earth Science News .

Nigerian soldiers accused of killing girl in restive city
by Staff Writers
Kano, Nigeria (AFP) Aug 6, 2011

Residents of violence-wracked Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Saturday accused soldiers of killing a seven-year old girl in a bid to disperse a crowd scrambling for free grains.

"People had gathered to collect grains brought by some relief organisations and when the crowd began to swell soldiers from the joint task force deployed to the area began shooting in the air to disperse the crowd," resident Sadiq Babawuro told AFP on the phone from Maiduguri.

"One of the soldiers... fired directly into the crowd, killing a seven year-old girl coming out of the market nearby," said Babawuro, a resident of Budum in Maiduguri.

Another resident Maryam Kanta said the girl who was "on an errand for her mother died on the spot and the crowd scampered for safety from the sporadic shooting".

The military refused to comment on the incident.

Maiduguri has seen near daily gun and bomb attacks by radical Islamist Boko Haram sect in recent months, prompting the government to deploy soldiers to contain the violence.

Three weeks ago soldiers allegedly went on rampage in Budum area of the city in an apparent reprisal following a bomb attack by suspected Boko Haram members on an army patrol.

The soldeirs burnt homes, shops and vehicles, forcing residents to flee.

Amnesty International said at least 13 people were killed by soldiers during the rampage.

Meanwhile a bomb detonated in another part of the city on Saturday but no-one was hurt, residents said.

"When the bomb went off with a loud bang on an empty street in Kwanar Yobe area people deserted their homes for fear of attack by soldiers," resident Ismail Hannafi said.

Boko Haram launched an uprising in 2009 put down by a brutal military assault that left hundreds dead.

The sect has claimed to be fighting for the establishment of an Islamic state in Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation of 150 million people split roughly in half between Christians and Muslims.

Related Links
Africa News - Resources, Health, Food

Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
Buy Advertising Editorial Enquiries

. Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

S. Sudan splinter rebel faction disowns peace deal
Khartoum (AFP) Aug 4, 2011
A group of South Sudanese rebels formerly linked to militia leader Peter Gadet, who agreed to a ceasefire this week, accused him on Thursday of taking government bribes and rejected the peace deal. Gadet, one of the fledgling country's most powerful rebel leaders, returned to Juba on Wednesday, after secret talks with South Sudanese officials in Nairobi, to accept an amnesty offered by Presi ... read more

Japan 'to mull backup capital city for emergencies'

UN chief asks Japan to share lessons on nuclear safety

UN chief to visit Japan nuclear disaster zone

Raytheon Debuts an Interoperable Server System With Digital and Analog Interfaces

Taiwan unveils eco-friendly rewritable 'paper'

Watermark ink device identifies unknown liquids instantly

Editions, AOL's entrant in iPad news reader race

Japanese parents live with radiation fear

Better desalination technology key to solving world's water shortage

Human impact on the last great wilderness of the deep sea

East Africa climate under the spell of El Nino since the last Ice Age

Myanmar media blames rebels for deaths at dam

Arctic melting brings benefit

Australia's Antarctic claim at risk: study

The last 3 million years at a snail's pace

Large variations in Arctic sea ice

Japan rice futures soar on nuclear fears

Scientists Study Effects of Rising Carbon Dioxide on Rangelands

Carbon hitches a ride from field to market

Mushroom poisoning adds to rainy French summer woes

Eastern China braces for Typhoon Muifa

China widens evacuations as typhoon nears

China evacuates 200,000+ ahead of typhoon

China braces for approaching typhoon Muifa

Mogadishu residents flee Somali rebel clashes

Nigerian soldiers accused of killing girl in restive city

South African troops to remain in Sudan

S. Sudan splinter rebel faction disowns peace deal

Six Million Years of African Savanna

Forest or grassland: where did humans learn to walk?

Put the brakes on using your brain power

Strength in numbers

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily Express :: SpaceWar Express :: TerraDaily Express :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2011 - Space Media Network. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement