Nigeria marked 53 years of independence yesterday with little to celebrate: Scores of families are in mourning over killings by suspected Islamic extremists, security forces are on high alert against feared bomb attacks; and the government faces an internal power struggle.
Forty-three students were gunned down Sunday at an agricultural college where attackers also torched classrooms. On Monday, suspected militants attacked travellers on a main road, beheading 10 and killing another four. Last week, suspected extremists killed 143 civilians, three police officers and two soldiers in an attack on a military outpost, one of the highest tolls from a single assault.
NASSAU, BAHAMAS (AP)
A spokesman for the Royal Bahamas Defence Force said five Bahamian marines are on trial for the alleged mistreatment of Cubans at a detention centre for migrants.
Lieutenant Origin Deleveaux says the men are facing a summary trial before a military officer who will act as the judge. The names of the marines and the charges against them have not been released. The marines are accused of beating Cuban migrants who attempted to escape from the Carmichael Road Detention Centre in May. The alleged mistreatment following the escape attempt as well as the overall conditions for migrants inside the detention centre, sparked protests among advocates for Cuban migrants in Florida.
RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA (AP):
A former Guatemalan soldier was convicted yesterday of lying on his application to become an American citizen about his role in the massacre of at least 160 people more than three decades ago. A federal court jury found former Guatemalan army officer Jorge Sosa guilty of making false statements and obtaining citizenship unlawfully. The 55-year-old former second lieutenant could face both a prison sentence and loss of his US citizenship when he is sentenced.
Prosecutors said Sosa was a member of a special forces patrol that went to the village of Dos Erres in December 1982 on a search for weapons believed stolen by guerrillas. The weapons were never found and prosecutors say the patrol decided to kill the villagers, throwing their bodies into a well, after some of the soldiers began raping the women.