LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's National Human Rights Commission says it has credible reports security forces are killing, torturing, illegally detaining and raping civilians in fighting an Islamic uprising in northeast Nigeria. The extremists have killed more than 1,600 people since 2010.
A new report says troops also have torched homes and tried to hide evidence of gross violations by disposing of bodies.
The government body issued an interim report Sunday saying its investigators are unable to visit the area where soldiers have cut mobile phone and Internet connections in a military emergency covering three states and one-sixth of the sprawling country, Africa's most populous of 160 million people and the continent's biggest oil producer.
The commission says communities trapped between Islamic militants and the security forces "reportedly live in desperate fear and destitution."