Nigerian police have detained 17 officers for questioning after an international news channel aired a video showing uniformed men executing people in a town where religious rioting occurred. Police spokesman Yemi Ajyai said agents of the Nigerian police’s Special Forces Squad detained the officers over the weekend and took them to Abuja, the capital, for questioning. Ajyai said investigators suspect the officers took part in extrajudicial killings after fighting between police and Muslim militants left 700 people dead in northern Nigeria last year. Ajyai said a video aired on news channel Al-Jazeera sparked the arrests. That footage showed what appeared to be a mixed police and army unit conducting door-to-door searches. It later showed two uniformed men forcing groups of young men to lie face-down at the side of a busy road. The uniformed men then fired into the men’s backs. (AP)

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