Several churches burnt, nearly 2,000 Christians killed in recent wave of attacks by Boko Haram in Nigeria.
According to media reports, as many as 2,000 people have been killed, and several churches burned, in the latest attacks by Boko Haram on Christian villages in Nigeria.
These recent Boko Haram attacks were launched at the town of Baga, where Boko Haram had earlier defeated a multinational peacekeeping force. As a result of these attacks, thousands of residents of the town and surrounding areas fled from their homes now living as refugees.
A spokesman for the Abuja archdiocese Father Patrick Tor Alumuki while talking to fides said that casualty reports were imprecise, and observed that with presidential elections coming up in February, the government is showing a propensity to understate the figures. He further said that the Boko Haram forces have been gaining strength recently as a result of increased recruitments from Libya and Mali.