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What does " summary killing" mean?

Mr Dieng, the UN's special adviser on the prevention of genocide, said the allegations included summary killings and disappearances in Sevare, Mopti, Niono and other towns close to the areas where fighting was occurring.

What does " summary killing" in the above paragraph mean ?

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    Some soldiers enter a town. They arrest some people whom they do not like. They say, "You are the enemy." The arrested people say, "No, we are not. Let us prove to you that we are not the enemy." But the soldiers say,"Shut up!" They then kill those people.

    In other words, the killings were done without any legal justification. It was completely lawLESS.

    A summary killing would be a killing done without much hesitation, formality or trial.

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