The Human Rights Watch today (November 29, 2013) said the Nigerian radical Islamist group Boko Haram has been using children as young as 12 as fighters and has abducted and raped women, while the government has failed to account for hundreds of detained men and boys, according to the Newsmax World website.
Boko Haram -- which is fighting to impose Islamic law in Africa's top oil producer -- has killed hundreds of people in recent attacks, New York-based Human Rights Watch said today.
"For a group that claims to be religious, Boko Haram's tactics are the most profane acts we can imagine," Daniel Bekele, Africa director of Human Rights Watch, said in a statement. "The killing and mutilation of ordinary Nigerians, the abduction and rape of women and girls, and the use of children for fighting are horrifying human rights violations."
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has imposed emergency rule in three northern states where Boko Haram is most active. A recent study revealed that in 2012 more Christians were killed in Nigeria than in all the other countries in the world combined.