Security forces in northern Nigeria are rounding up and executing dozens of civilians in an effort to wipe out the Islamic militant group Boko Haram. Adam Nossiter of the New York Times has just returned from the northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, where he's seen first-hand the government assault on the militant Islamic group and the toll Army tactics take on innocent Nigerians.
"So the military has carte blanche to do whatever it wants," Nossiter says. "And whatever it wants is to simply go into neighborhoods and roundup and kill anybody who might potentially be a Boko Haram member or sympathizer. It kills by the dozen, and this is not something that it hides with any particular degree of care."
Boko Haram translates literally into the phrase "Western education is a sin." The militant group aims to create an Islamic state in Nigeria's north.