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Reports Emerge of Massive Boko Haram Attack

Red Cross workers at a a relief camp in northern Nigeria.


Details are sketchy, but two credible outlets—the BBC and Agence France-Presse—are reporting on a massive Boko Haram offensive in northeastern Nigeria that may have killed up to 2,000 people.

From the BBC:

Nigeria’s militant Islamists have carried out a second attack on the key north-eastern town of Baga, an official has told the BBC.

Boko Haram fighters burnt down almost the entire town on Wednesday, after over-running a military base on Saturday, Musa Alhaji Bukar said.

Bodies lay strewn on Baga’s streets, amid fears that some 2,000 people had been killed in the raids, he added.

From AFP:

Boko Haram launched renewed attacks around a captured town in restive northeast Nigeria this week, razing at least 16 towns and villages, a local government and a union official told AFP.

“They burnt to the ground all the 16 towns and villages including Baga, Dorn-Baga, Mile 4, Mile 3, Kauyen Kuros and Bunduram,” said Musa Bukar, head of the Kukawa local government in Borno state.

The 200-plus schoolgirls who were kidnapped by the terrorist group last April are still missing, while another 100 women and children were reported kidnapped in December.