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1,600 Suspected Muslim Extremists Begin Trial in Nigeria

1,600 Suspected Boko Haram Militants Begin Trial in Nigeria Photo: MGN Online. 1,600 Suspected Boko Haram Militants Begin Trial in Nigeria

October 10, 2017 08:29 AM

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - The trials of more than 1,600 suspected members of Islamic extremist group Boko Haram have begun behind closed doors at a military barracks in northern Nigeria.
    
The largest-ever mass trials are meant to show that the government is making progress against the group that has killed more than 20,000 people during its eight-year insurgency.
    
Lawyers and rights groups express concern about whether the suspects will have fair hearings. The proceedings began Monday.
    
Nigeria has arrested thousands of suspected Boko Haram members in recent years, and military detention facilities are overcrowded. Human rights groups say most of those detained have been picked up at random and without reasonable suspicion, including women and children.
    
Boko Haram in recent months has carried out a growing number of deadly suicide bombings and other attacks.

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