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Nigerian rights commission fines security agency in unlawful killings in Abuja raid

Nigeria's National Human Rights Commission finds security agents responsible for the unlawful killings of eight civilians in a September raid in Abuja, the Nigerian capital.

The Department of State Security had said it killed the men in an attack on a sleeper cell of the Boko Haram terrorist network. It said its agents fired in self-defense after they were attacked.

The commission said Monday there was no evidence those killed were terrorists, nor that they were armed. Human rights organizations had filed a complaint with the state-funded commission charging the agents on Sept. 20 fired on unarmed artisans sleeping in a half-finished building.

The commission ordered compensation equivalent to $60,600 for each person killed and $30,300 each for 11 injured survivors. Nigerian security forces are notorious for human rights abuses.