Nigeria: Thousands Feared Dead After Latest Boko Haram Violence
Boko Haram has scorched over a dozen towns and villages in northern Nigeria since the weekend, and the body count may be more than 2,000. Those who escaped spoke of corpses littered in the streets and the stench of rotting flesh, Nigerian officials told BBC News Thursday.
“I saw bodies in the street. Children and women, some were crying for help,” Mohamed Bukar told Reuters Wednesday, after fleeing the northeast Nigerian town of Baga along the shores of Lake Chad in Borno state. Borno is one of the worst-affected Nigerian states by the Boko Haram insurgency, according to BBC News.
The Islamist militant group razed Baga town Wednesday after an attack on a nearby military base Saturday. Residents who fled Baga told Musa Alhaji Bukar, a senior government official in the area, the town – which had a population of about 10,000 people – is now “virtually non-existent” and bodies clutter the streets, BBC News reported. “It has been burnt down,” Bukar told the BBC Hausa service.