Nigerian army releases children held on terror suspicions
07 October 2019 | 9:17 am
The 25 boys and girls allegedly cooperated with the Islamist terror group Boko Haram. Human and children's rights activists are concerned at how minors are being treated by both militants and Nigeria's army.
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