Boko Haram is an extremist group known for raiding villages and kidnapping and killing many people in Nigeria. After taking over a military base on Saturday, the group attacked the town of Baga, signifying their official launch of new assaults, and they have continued onward to invade the surrounding areas.
According to BBC News, “Boko Haram launched a military campaign in 2009 to create an Islamic state.” As they continually invade towns like Baga, they become closer to controlling the Borno state. Nigerian lawmaker Maina Maaji Lawan has stated that “Boko Haram controlled 70% of Borno state.” Within the past year, the militant Islamists have taken control of several towns and villages in north-eastern Nigeria.
Baga had a population of about 10,000 people, and as Musa Alhaji Bukar told BBC News, the town is now “virtually non-existent” and “has been burnt down.” Those who fled were unable to bury the dead, so corpses littered the town’s streets
As reported by ENCA, Musa Bukar, head of the Kukawa local government in the Borno state, explained, “They burnt to the ground all the 16 towns and villages including Baga, Dorn-Baga, Mile 4, Mile 3, Kauyen Kuros and Bunduram.”
To help paint a picture of the atrocities inflicted upon these towns by the extremist group, Ahned Zanna told NBC News that “the whole area is covered in bodies.” At least 2,000 people have been killed by the rampages of this group.
According to Business Insider, witness Mohamed Bukar explained, “I escaped with my family in the car after seeing how Boko Haram was killing people … I saw bodies in the street. Children and women, some were crying for help.” Many people attempted to leave town, only carrying a few possessions in order to successfully retreat to safety.
The senator for northern Borno, Maina Maaji Lawan, had originally requested that the government troops stop “dilly-dallying” and start protecting the residents. “The indiscriminate killings went on and on and on,” he said. According to the senator, fleeing residents spoke of the stench of rotting corpses on the streets.
As BBC News reported, the senator explained that “10,0000 people had fled to Chad since Saturday to escape the violence, raising fears of a humanitarian crisis.” To further describe the severity of the crisis, it is reported that those who tried to escape via Lake Chad have reportedly drowned.
Not only has Boko Haram invaded several towns, they have now successfully set up checkpoints and have started killing residents who have been caught hiding.
The crisis is obviously escalating, and unless something is done to assist the residents in Nigeria, Boko Haram will successfully implement an Islamic State.