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44 Boko Haram prisoners died in Chad while in detention

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The Chadian government says bad conditions in the country’s prisons have killed 44 Boko Haram detainees despite allegations of poisoning.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said its investigation had confirmed that the conditions in the prisons, as well as the heat, thirst and starvation of a large number of inmates, had led to the deaths of the prisoners.

The investigation follows the deaths of 44 of the 58 Boko Haram militants detained in mid-April at a Gendarmerie prison after their capture in the Lake Chad region.

Chad’s justice minister, Djimet Arabi, said the militants may have committed suicide by poisoning themselves.

The deaths of 44 people have sparked outrage inside and outside Chad, with the government accused of killing militants without prosecution.

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