The Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram, notorious for having abducted over 200 school girls, has committed its worst ever massacre of civilians.
The whole town is burned to the ground and dead bodies lies in Bagas streets. Preliminary estimates from the local authorities says that about 2,000 civilians have been killed in the most comprehensive massacre the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram has committed.
The massacre has been going on since Saturday, when Boko Haram managed to take over a military base in Baga and chase the soldiers away. The base was until then the headquarters of the fight against the terrorist group.
After the last day attacks, "the city is virtually nonexistent. It has burned down," said Musa Alhaji Bukar, a local official, to BBC News. He fears that 2,000 people are killed. Ahmed Zanna, the Senator of the Borno region, fears that the figures may be even higher. At least ten villages in the area also have been exposed to the attacks and been burned down.
"The whole area is covered by bodies," the senator said to NBC News.
Details of the attack slowly seeps out. The fleeing, Senator Zanna have spoken to, have traveled 160 km on foot to get to safety. Mobile masts have been destroyed by Boko Haram.
The attack began on Saturday when hundreds of heavily armed men from Boko Haram came in trucks from which they fired grenades and fired at both soldiers and civilians, survivors told. When the soldiers were forced to flee, militia returned and burn down the town. They killed everyone who was still in town.
"Some fled into the bush, others drowned. The boats were overcrowded and capsized . I saw at least three boats with women and children who died on the way," one fisherman who escaped and sailed to safety in neighboring Chad, said to The Guardian.
Until the weekend there were about 10,000 people who lived in Baga.
A spokesman for the Nigerian army assured that the soldiers resisted and returned fire before they ran away.
However local politicians are not happy with the effort. "There is clearly something wrong when our soldiers leave their posts whenever they are attacked by Boko Haram," Senator Maina Maaji Lawan, told the BBC.
Boko Haram has since 2009 been fighting for the establishment of an Islamic state. In the beginning with isolated bomb attacks on churches, schools and police, but during recent years the group has been able to conquer and control entire cities and large areas of land.
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