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Army, terrorists committedwar crimes, report says

LAGOS — Nigerian security forces and the radical Islamist Boko Haram sect likely committed crimes against humanity in their fighting across the country’s Muslim north, both torturing and killing civilians as bloodshed in the region grows, according to a report released Thursday.

The Human Rights Watch report comes just days after soldiers angered by the killing of an officer shot dead more than 30 civilians with machine guns and burned down buildings in a neighborhood in Maiduguri, the spiritual home of Boko Haram.

The report calls on the International Criminal Court to examine the actions of all sides in the conflict and to push for prosecutions of those involved.

Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is sacrilege” in the Hausa language of Nigeria’s north, is blamed for killing more than 690 people in drive-by killings and bombings this year alone.

The terrorists have killed both Christians and Muslims, as well as soldiers and security forces.


Muslims arrested onterrorism charges

NEW DELHI — Police have arrested three Muslim men suspected of planning terrorist attacks in New Delhi during a major Hindu festival season that starts later this month, a top police official said Thursday.

The three are members of the Indian Mujahideen, an Islamic terrorist group, police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said. The group has links to Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Taiba, which has claimed responsibility for some terrorist attacks in India.

The three suspects were arrested in New Delhi over the past two weeks, the police commissioner told reporters. He said they were responsible for several small explosions in the western city of Pune in August in which one person was injured.

From wire dispatches and staff reports