2015-01-13 19:05:14

Massacre in Nigeria: Up to 2,000 Feared Dead in Boko Haram’s Worst Attack to Date

As the world focused on the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, a massive atrocity was unfolding in Nigeria. On January 3, the Islamist militant group Boko Haram attacked the northern town of Baga and surrounding areas. Over the next several days, hundreds, possibly thousands, of civilians were killed. Fleeing residents were chased into the bush and shot dead, others reportedly drowning in Lake Chad as they tried to swim away. Scores of homes were burned to the ground, and bodies were strewn in the streets. Estimates of the death toll range from around 500 to up to 2,000. Some 30,000 people were also displaced. Amnesty International says the assault on Baga could be the deadliest of the Boko Haram’s six-year insurgency. The group has waged relentless violence in a bid to establish an Islamist state in northern Nigeria.

Full episodes of Democracy Now! can be viewed at the link: http://freespeech.org/collection/democracy-now

Boko Haram Islam Nigeria

Related

Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! 12/03/20

Democracy Now! 12/03/20

Democracy Now!

A Massacre in Lagos: Nigerian Military Forced to Admit It Fired Live Rounds at Peaceful Protesters

A Massacre in Lagos: Nigerian Military Forced to Admit It Fired Live Rounds at Peaceful Protesters

Rising Up With Sonali

Nigeria’s Military Responds To Anti-Police Protests With Violence

Nigeria’s Military Responds To Anti-Police Protests With Violence

Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! 10/22/20

Democracy Now! 10/22/20

Proud Partners