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Nigerian Army Denies Mass ‘Abortion Programme’ Among Victims Of Jihadists

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Nigeria’s military has conducted a years-long illicit programme to carry out abortions among women and girls who have been victims of jihadists, Reuters said Wednesday, in a report bluntly denied by the army.

It is said that “Since at least 2013, the Nigerian military has conducted a secret, systematic and illegal abortion programme in the country’s northeast, ending at least 10,000 pregnancies among women and girls,” the news agency said.

It also said that “Many had been kidnapped and raped by Islamist militants,” it said, adding that those who resisted an abortion ran the risk of being “beaten, held at gunpoint or drugged into compliance.”

The report was based on witnesses from 33 women and girls, five health workers and nine security personnel involved in the alleged programme, and on military documents and hospital records “describing or tallying thousands of abortion procedures.”

Most of the abortions, Reuters said, were carried out without the woman’s consent and some were conducted without their prior knowledge, through abortion-inducing pills or injections passed off as medications to boost health or combat disease.

In its reaction, the Nigerian army lashed the report as “a body of insults on the Nigerian peoples and culture.”

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