In the deadliest massacre ever in the history of Boko Haram, the dreaded terrorist group has killed more than 2000 people in Nigeria. Most victims are children, women and elderly people who could not run fast enough when insurgents drove into Baga and fired rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles on town residents. They also captured a key military base in Baga, which is on the border with Chad. The soldiers fought for hours but fled when no reinforcements arrived and they ran out of ammunition.
So huge is the scale of the tragedy that civilian fighters have given up on trying to count all the bodies. No one could attend to the corpses and even the seriously injured ones. Amnesty International reports that the town was razed and as many as 2,000 people killed. The previous bloodiest day in the uprising involved soldiers gunning down unarmed detainees in an attack on Giwa military barracks in Maiduguri city. The satellite imagery indicated that more than 600 people were killed that day. The 5-year insurgency killed more than 10,000 people last year alone, says the Washington-based Council on Foreign Relations. More than a million people have been displaced inside Nigeria and millions more have fled into Chad, Cameroon and Nigeria.