Boko Haram militants have burnt down more or less an entire town in northeast Nigeria on Wednesday January 7.
According to media reports, terror group Boko Haram attacked a town Baga in northeast Nigeria as preliminary reports suggest that hundreds of civilians were killed. To a great extent, the town was burnt down in the second attack and dead bodies littered the streets. There were great numbers of dead bodies that the locals were unable to bury their dead before they fled the town in order to save their lives. An estimated 1,600 locals were forced to flee the area, while some of them drowned in doing so as they attempted to escape across Lake Chad.
A senior Nigerian government official, Musa Alhaji Bukar, told that residents who escaped the massacre said the population of Baga is now “virtually non-existent”. The estimated population before the massacre was around 10,000 people. He added that Boko Haram was now effectively in control of Baga.
Boko Haram launched a surprise attack on Baga’s military base on Saturday after which the military evacuated the area. The base was serving as the headquarters of the Multi-National Joint Task Force, a counter-terrorism unit with troops from Nigeria, Chad and Niger.