2,000 Feared Dead in Nigeria: Boku Haram’s ‘Deadliest Massacre’


It is estimated that over 2,000 civilians were killed in an attack from the militant group Boku Haram. This attack is being called the ‘deadliest massacre’ yet from the Boku Haram.


Joseph Lemieux(The Pontiac Tribune) – It is estimated that over 2,000 civilians were killed in an attack from the militant group Boku Haram. This attack is being called the ‘deadliest massacre’ yet from the Boku Haram.

“The attack on Baga and surrounding towns, looks as if it could be Boko Haram’s deadliest act in a catalogue of increasingly heinous attacks carried out by the group. If reports that the town was largely razed to the ground and that hundreds or even as many as two thousand civilians were killed are true, this marks a disturbing and bloody escalation of Boko Haram’s ongoing onslaught against the civilian population,” said Daniel Eyre, Nigeria researcher for Amnesty International.

Islamist militants sprayed bullets as they stormed in last weekend in trucks and armored vehicles, local authorities said Friday.

“Dead bodies litter the bushes in the area and it is still no‎t safe to go and pick them (up) for burial,” said Musa Bukar, the chairman of the local government where Baga is located.

“Some people who hid in their homes were burned alive.”

In the events that unfolded in France, it would seem these attacks are of very little concern to most major media outlets. Unlike the events in France, this massacre might not be so easily turned into a political agenda for any western nations.

We can only hope Massacres like this do not happen again. Boku Haram being a very major militant group in the area, this seems unlikely.

Photograph: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images

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