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Amnesty report alleges 8,000 deaths from Nigerian military abuses in anti-Boko Haram campaign

  • Nigeria President,  Muhammadu Buhari, centre, is seated before a meeting with service chiefs in Abuja Nigeria, Tuesday, June 2, 2015.  The Nigerian President held his first meeting with military service chiefs, amid speculation that there will be changes in the war against Boko Haram. (AP Photo/Bayo Omoboriowo)

    Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari, centre, is seated before a meeting with service chiefs in Abuja Nigeria, Tuesday, June 2, 2015. The Nigerian President held his first meeting with military service chiefs, amid speculation that there will be changes in the war against Boko Haram. (AP Photo/Bayo Omoboriowo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nigeria President,  Muhammadu Buhari , centre, before a meeting with service chiefs in Abuja Nigeria, Tuesday, June 2, 2015.  The Nigerian President held his first meeting with military service chiefs, amid speculation that there will be changes in the war against Boko Haram. (AP Photo/Bayo Omoboriowo)

    Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari , centre, before a meeting with service chiefs in Abuja Nigeria, Tuesday, June 2, 2015. The Nigerian President held his first meeting with military service chiefs, amid speculation that there will be changes in the war against Boko Haram. (AP Photo/Bayo Omoboriowo)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 file photo, Former chief of Army staff,  Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, left, holds a flag with  Maj. Gen. Kenneth Tobiah Jacob Minimah, the newly appointed chief of army staff, during the handover ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria. Nigerian military abuses caused the deaths of some 8,000 people in the fight against Boko Haram extremists, Amnesty International said Wednesday, June. 3, 2015  in a report naming senior officers it wants investigated for alleged war crimes. (AP Photo/Olamikan Gbemiga File)

    FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 file photo, Former chief of Army staff, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, left, holds a flag with Maj. Gen. Kenneth Tobiah Jacob Minimah, the newly appointed chief of army staff, during the handover ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria. Nigerian military abuses caused the deaths of some 8,000 people in the fight against Boko Haram extremists, Amnesty International said Wednesday, June. 3, 2015 in a report naming senior officers it wants investigated for alleged war crimes. (AP Photo/Olamikan Gbemiga File)  (The Associated Press)

Amnesty International say Nigerian military abuses are responsible for the deaths of some 8,000 people in its fight against Boko Haram extremists and names senior officers that should be investigated for alleged war crimes.

A scathing report from the London-based human rights group calls on Nigeria's new government under former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari to urgently investigate the deaths of "8,000 people murdered, starved, suffocated, and tortured to death."

There was no immediate response from the military or Buhari, who was traveling to Niger.

Wednesday's report names three major generals and two brigadier generals and calls for the government to end the impunity that has protected its military.

Amnesty said it interviewed 412 people for the report, including victims, relatives, witnesses and activists as well as doctors and military officials.