12 Nigerian troops sentenced to death for mutiny

2014-09-16 05:39
(Jon Gambrell, AP, File)

(Jon Gambrell, AP, File)

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Abuja - A court martial has sentenced 12 Nigerian soldiers fighting Islamic extremists to death by firing squad for mutiny and attempted murder of their commanding officer.

In a decision announced early on Tuesday, a military tribunal found 12 soldiers guilty and five others innocent. All the accused denied the charges.

The soldiers accused their commanders of conspiring to kill fellow troopers after a convoy was ambushed on 13 May on a road frequently attacked by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.

They were driving from Chibok, the north-eastern town from which more than 270 schoolgirls were kidnapped a month earlier.

When the soldiers' bodies were brought to north-eastern Maiduguri city, the surviving soldiers revolted, throwing stones at their commanding officer and then shooting at him. The officer took refuge in an armoured vehicle and was unharmed.

Read more on:    nigeria  |  west africa

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