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Calls to intensify efforts to protect civilians against Boko Haram

Amnesty International says Boko Haram is once again committing war crimes on a huge scale, despite claims the jihadist group has been defeated.

FILE: A Boko Haram flag flutters from an abandoned command post in Chad. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Amnesty International has urged the Cameroonian and Nigerian governments to amplify efforts to protect civilians against Boko Haram.

The civil rights organisation says the militant group has killed more than 380 people in the West African countries since April.

Amnesty International says Boko Haram is once again committing war crimes on a huge scale, despite the Nigerian and Cameroonian militaries claiming the jihadist group has been defeated.

In Nigeria, at least 223 civilians have been killed since April.

Amnesty International spokesperson Isa Sanusi says a sharp rise in suicide bombings have been noted in these countries.

“Many of the casualties are results of suicide bombing by young boys and girls sent by Boko Haram.”

The organisation says millions of civilians across the Lake Chad region are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance as a result of Boko Haram violence.