Satellite Images Reveal 'Devastation of Catastrophic Proportions' From Massacre in Nigeria
Newly released satellite images have revealed the scope of Boko Haram’s January 3 attack on two Nigerian towns, which left hundreds—or possibly thousands—of people dead and thousands more homes burnt to the ground.
Amnesty International released the photographs on Thursday, comparing before-and-after images of the towns of Baga and neighboring Doron Baga, taken on January 2 and January 7, which show more than 3,700 structures damaged or destroyed after what the organization said was the militant group’s deadliest attack to date.
“These detailed images show devastation of catastrophic proportions in two towns, one of which was almost wiped off the map in the space of four days,” said Amnesty International Nigeria researcher Daniel Eyre. “Of all Boko Haram assaults analyzed by Amnesty International, this is the largest and most destructive yet. It represents a deliberate attack on civilians whose homes, clinics and schools are now burnt out ruins.”
Those who were not killed in the attack on the communities reportedly escaped into nearby woods and across Lake Chad. Survivors later recalled hearing “ceaseless gunshots [and] explosions” and stepping over dead bodies of men, women, and children. Estimates of those killed have varied from 200 to 2,000.
In addition to those dead, the attack left thousands displaced. One survivor told Amnesty, “They killed so many people. I saw maybe around 100 killed at that time in Baga. I ran to the bush. As we were running, they were shooting and killing.”
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