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Images show Nigeria's Baga destruction by Boko Haram

15 January 2015, 15:02

Johannesburg - Satellite images show widespread destruction in twotowns that were recently attacked byextremists, an international human rights group said on Wednesday.

Amnesty International said the detailed images of Baga and Doron Baga, taken before and after the attack earlier this month, show that more than 3 700 structures were damaged or completely destroyed.

The images were taken between 2 -7 January, Amnesty International said. Boko Haram fighters seized a military base in Baga on 3 January and, according to witnesses, killed hundreds civilians in the ensuing days.

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Daniel Eyre, Nigeria researcher for the human rights group, said in a statement that the assault on the two towns was the largest and most destructive of all the Boko Haram assaults analysed by Amnesty International.

The group said interviews with witnesses as well as local government officials and human rights activists suggest hundreds of civilians were shot; last week, the human rights group noted reports of as many as 2 000 dead. The Nigerian military has cited a figure of 150 dead, including slain militants.

Boko Haram group drew international condemnation when its fighters kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from a boarding school in northeast Chibok town last year. Dozens escaped but 219 remain missing.

- AP


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