*(Via USA Today) – As many as 2,000 people have been killed in Islamist extremist group Boko Haram’s deadliest massacre yet in Nigeria, Amnesty International reported.
District head Baba Abba Hassan said most victims were children, women and elderly people who could not run fast enough when insurgents drove into the town of Baga, firing rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles on town residents.
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“The human carnage perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists in Baga was enormous,” said Muhammad Abba Gava, a spokesman for poorly armed civilians in a defense group that fights Boko Haram.
Hundreds of bodies were strewn in the bush in Nigeria from the attack.
“If reports that the town was largely razed to the ground and that hundreds or even as many as 2,000 civilians were killed are true, this marks a disturbing and bloody escalation of Boko Haram’s ongoing onslaught against the civilian population,” said Daniel Eyre, Nigeria researcher for Amnesty International.
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