Details about the recent attacks in France are being aired on every news channel, but few have heard about the thousands killed by Islamic extremists in Nigeria on Wednesday. TheÂ attack is being described as the â€œdeadliest massacreâ€ in the history of Boko Haram. Â The attack took place inÂ Baga, a town on the border with Chad
“They came through the north, the west and from the southern part of the town because the eastern part is only water,â€ one resident told the BBC. â€œSo, when we [went] toward the western part, we saw heavily armed Boko Haram men coming toward us.â€ At the sight of the incoming insurgents, the soldiers put up a scant fight before abandoning their base and leaving residents defenseless.”
District head Baba Abba Hassan said most victims are children, women and elderly people who could not run fast enough when insurgents drove into Baga, firing rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles on town residents.
Reports say the terrorist group killed as many as 2,000 people. Â MoreÂ were said to have drownedÂ in Lake Chad while attempting to swim to a nearby island. SomeÂ estimates saidÂ more than 20,000 people are nowÂ displaced as a result of what one reporterÂ called Boko Haramâ€™s â€œmost horrific act of terrorism yet.â€
One man who escaped with his family saidÂ he had to navigate through â€œmany dead bodies on the groundâ€ and that the â€œwhole town was on fire.â€ Another man told Reuters he â€œescaped with my family in the car after seeing how Boko Haram was killing people â€¦ I saw bodies in the street. Children and women, some were crying for help.â€ He added: Bodies were â€œlittered on the streets and surrounding bushes.â€
AÂ Nigeria researcher for Amnesty International, said,Â â€œthis marks a disturbing and bloody escalation of Boko Haramâ€™s ongoing onslaught.â€
Boko Harem is the same terrorist group that killedÂ 600 people in anÂ attack on Giwa military barracks in March of 2014.Â The militants have been waging an insurgency to establish an Islamic state.Â The five-year insurgency has killed more than 10,000 people last year alone.
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