Activist: Civilian deaths in Nigeria’s oil delta

LAGOS, Nigeria – An activist in Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta says a military raid using heavily armed soldiers and aerial bombing runs has killed as many as 150 people.

Oghebejabor Ikim, national coordinator for the Forum of Justice and Human Rights Defense, told The Associated Press on Friday that houses have been destroyed, civilians killed and woman raped in the operation that began Wednesday. Ikim says the fighting focuses on the village of Ayakoromo in Delta state, where soldiers are trying to find a militant leader called John Togo.

Ikim says no militants are in Ayakoromo or surrounding villages. He says: “I can describe it as a killing spree of innocent civilians.”

A military spokesman said the operation was ongoing, but declined further comment.

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