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Amnesty International Accuses Cameroon Of Killing Boko Haram Suspects

Amnesty International, a rights group has accused Cameroon of torturing and killing Boko Haram suspects in its custody. It said 101 people confirmed being tortured while in custody of the country’s Rapid Intervention Battalion, BIR, and the General Directorate of External Research, DGRE, the country’s intelligence services between March 2013 and March 2017. It claimed the beatings and eventual killings were carried out in the agencies’ headquarters in Salak and Yaounde respectively.

It also said 32 out of the 101 people confirmed the death of some inmates. It said a victim had narrated how he was bound, hands and legs, and beaten with electric cables while was water was thrown at him simultaneously. 

Amnesty International also alleged that US and French troops were present at the Salak base where the tortures were being administered. The report, “Cameroon’s Secret Torture Chambers: Human Rights Violations and War Crimes in the Fight Against Boko Haram”, urged investigations to determine if the troops were aware of the incidents.

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