Boko Haram Kills Woman In Labour, Feared To Be The Deadliest Attack Ever

Boko Haram fighters have killed a woman as she was in labour
during what is feared could be the deadliest attack in the militants’ six-year
insurgency, Amnesty International claimed on Thursday.
The human rights group said one witness to the assault on
Baga, on the shores of Lake Chad in northeast Nigeria, told them the woman was
shot by indiscriminate fire that also cut down small children.
“Half of the baby boy (was) out and she died like this,” the
unnamed witness was quoted as saying.

Amnesty said this week that hundreds of people, if not more,
may have been killed in the attack, which began on January 3 and is thought to
have targeted civilian vigilantes helping the military.
“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,” a man in his fifties was quoted as saying.
Another woman added: “I don’t know how many but there were
bodies everywhere we looked.”
The testimony chimes with claims from local officials that
huge numbers were killed and that of witnesses spoken to by AFP, who described
seeing decomposing bodies littering the streets.

One man who escaped from Baga after hiding for three days
said he was “stepping on bodies” for five kilometres (three miles) as he fled
through the bush.

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