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Boko Haram Militants Accused of Slaughtering up to 2,000 Civilians

On Saturday, January 3rd, hundreds of Boko Haram militants stormed the town of Baga, Nigeria and surrounding villages, firing round after round of ammunition, killing possibly 2,000 civilians.  Many townspeople, who attempted to find safety by hiding in their homes, were set on fire and burned to death.  Others tried to escape the gunfire by jumping into Lake Chad.  Most of these civilians drowned and the ones lucky enough to make it to shore alive, are now trapped without food and water.  Witnesses claim that the dead include women, children, and the elderly.  Militants showed no mercy and targeted those too weak to escape. 

It has been more than a week since the attack occurred and according to witnesses, slain bodies are seen littering the streets and bushes.  Amongst the chaos and horror, survivors are desperately searching for loved ones who are feared dead.  Government spokesman, Mike Omeri, said in a statement that "security forces have responded rapidly, and have deployed significant military assets and conducted air strikes against militant targets,” however, witnesses claim this is not true and that not one soldier has arrived in Baga to help.  Officials are reporting this attack on Baga as the deadliest conducted by the terrorist organization thus far.

In April, 2014, Boko Haram claimed to have kidnapped 200 school girls who remain missing.  On Saturday, a bomb strapped to a young girl detonated in a busy Nigerian market killing 20.  This attack is also believed to also be the work of Boko Haram.  

Sources: Fox News; CNN; Al Jazeera

Photo: France24


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