Nigeria: Scores Feared Killed As Boko Haram Sacks Baga Again, Many Homes Destroyed


SAN FRANCISCO, January 08, (THEWILL) – For the second time in a week, rampaging Boko Haram gunmen Wednesday launched a devastating attack on Baga, a fishing community in Borno State, killing many innocent residents and setting virtually all the buildings in the town on fire.

The latest attack came only five days after over 2,000 residents were feared killed when the town was sacked last weekend by the insurgents.

Disclosing this in Maiduguri, the state capital, a member of the youth vigilante group, Abba Yunus, told THEWILL that “The militants which had on Saturday taken over the military base in the town, as if they were not satisfied with their destruction of the town on Wednesday launched another attack on it.”

According to Yunus, fleeing residents of the sacked town “told the members of the youth vigilante on Thursday morning that the insurgents attacked the town again and torched houses and killed countless civilians who were helpless.

“We were told by those that had to flee into Maiduguri through the bushes that many corpses laid on the street, with many which have started decomposing.”

The member representing Borno North at the Senate, Senator Maina Maaji Lawan, had on Monday raised the alarm that Boko Haram controls about 70 percent the state, adding that fleeing residents said the town of about 10,000 people was “virtually non-existent.”