BORNO – Amnesty International has provided indisputable and shocking evidence of the scale of last week’s attack on the towns of Baga and Doron Baga, Borno State by Boko Haram militants.
Images of the two neighbouring towns taken on 2 and 7 January show the devastating effect of the attacks which left over 3,700 structures destroyed.
Analysis by Nigeria researcher for Amnesty International, Daniel Eyre shows just two of the many towns and villages that fell victim to a series of Boko Haram attacks which began on 3 January 2015.
“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,” Eyre said.
“Of all Boko Haram assaults analysed 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.
The research further shows that approximately 620 structures were damaged or completely destroyed by fire in Baga, a densely populated town less than two square kilometres in size.
The situation in Doron Baga is worse, according to Amnesty International, as more than 3,100 structures were said to have been damaged or destroyed by fire affecting most of the 4 square kilometre town.
Many of the wooden fishing boats along the shoreline, visible in the images taken on the 2 January, are no longer present in the 7 January images tallying with eye witnesses’ testified that desperate residents fled by boat across Lake Chad.
Thousands of people have fled the violence across the border to Chad and to other parts of the country, including Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.
The destruction shown in images match the horrific testimonies that Amnesty International has gathered.