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Amnesty International Releases Satellite Images of Baga Attack | Alleges 3,700 Structures Destroyed



Human rights advocacy group, Amnesty International, has released satellite images of what they have described as “indisputable and shocking evidence” of Boko Haram’s attack of Baga and Doron Baga towns in Borno State.

You will recall that initial reports stated that 2,000 people died, however; the military later claimed that the incident claimed 150 lives.

Describing the Baga attack as the most horrific Boko Haram invasion, Daniel Eyre, Nigeria researcher for Amnesty International stated that the satellite images below show:

“…before and after images of two neighbouring towns, Baga (160 kilometres from Maiduguri) and Doron Baga (also known as Doro Gowon, 2.5 km from Baga), taken on 2 and 7 January. It shows the devastating effect of the attacks which left over 3,700 structures damaged or completely destroyed. Other nearby towns and villages were also attacked over this period.”

Doro Gowon Satellite view on 2 Jan 2015 and 7 Jan 2015Here are additional excerpts from the report:

Thousands of people have fled the violence across the border to Chad and to other parts of Nigeria including Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State. These people are adding to the hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people and refugees, who have already stretched the capacity of host communities and government authorities.

A man in his fifties told Amnesty International what happened in Baga during the attack: “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.” He hid in the bush and was later discovered by Boko Haram fighters, who detained him in Doron Baga for four days.

Those who fled describe seeing many more corpses in the bush. “I don’t know how many but there were bodies everywhere we looked,” one woman told Amnesty International.

Another witness described how Boko Haram were shooting indiscriminately killing even small children and a woman who was in labour. “[H]alf of the baby boy is out and she died like this,” he said.

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  1. Tony

    January 15, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    And yet some say the killings are fake. 17 people die in France and the whole nation is awake. Thousands die in Nigeria and elections are going on. If good luck wins then I would know that Nigerians have lost their natural mind. Horrible Horrible horrible killings

  2. Spirit

    January 15, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    When will this nightmare end?!!!! Where on earth is the Nigerian government?!!!!

  3. 1st lady

    January 15, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    I keep asking myself why all the killing and shedding of innocent blood.but before I get a reply, I hear of another attack. What really is going on in the north? Is this a religious war, political or just a mere need to satisfy a certain degree of thirst for blood?

  4. SOMTO

    January 15, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    the proof is in the pudding. The govt will come and deceive pple with fake figures and some Nigerians. will clap and say “dont mind people exaggerating figures”.. over 3000 structures destroyed and they say just 150 people died. An average household comprises of how many people? Lets say in 5 people. Do the math. Our country is in danger and all our president is after is re-election. Why hasnt the nation been addressed concerning this issue? Why is election the priority? Dont human lives matter anymore? RIP to the deceased.

  5. @edDREAMZ

    January 15, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    This is just heart breaking.. I just wish i have a super power but i dont…. May the souls of the dead RIP…….

  6. Chike

    January 15, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    The truth always finds a way to come out. GEJ got 100% control of Nigeria’s territory in 2011 and in 2015 he can’t account for some portions. I don’t know where he gets the confidence to campaign for re-election with mounting evidence against his leadership qualities. Justice can be delayed but not denied. The people of northeast Nigeria matter too!

  7. RespectYourself

    January 15, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    …and yet no official word from the president regarding this attack. He hasn’t even “condemned it”. #JustSaying

  8. Ade

    January 15, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    General Chris Olukolade what do you have to say sir?

  9. 2015

    January 15, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    May the deceased RIP .
    My question is since satelite imagery can be used to achieve this , why cant we employ/borrow the same tech –satelites/drones to combat this?

  10. ms.b

    January 15, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    I rather keep my vote than voting for GEJ, I don’t know who is more heartless n foolish between his supporters n himself. How can a sensible person see all the ways he’s been reacting to boko harams attack (from chibok to baga), with denial and carelessness, n will still go out on Feb 14 n thumb print PDP logo. D masses are the problem of this country, d “my brother” mentality and “same religion” with me mentality. We kinda deserve what we’ve been going tru since democracy, cos we base our votes on sentiments. Bunch of weird people called “Nigerians”.

    • Madee

      January 15, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      You’re probably the weirdest of Nigerians. All you’ve typed is politics. You sound far more insensitive than the government officials. You have no idea how comments like yours keep lifting the ego of the terrorists.

  11. nwa nna

    January 15, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Very sad indeed, oya over to you GEJ apologist.
    As the number one citizen and commander in chief, GEJ leadership is lacking in o many ways and yet Nigerians continue to make excuses for his ineptness… Yes, the blame lies squarely at the foot of the President for lacking a decisive approach to end boko killings once and for all

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