Call for Nigerian government to investigate Boko Haram massacre

By agency reporter
January 12, 2015

Following reports of the massacre of large numbers of civilians by the Boko Haram armed group in and around the town of Baga in Nigeria's Borno state on 3 January 2015, Amnesty International has joined calls for a full investigation by the government.

The human rights NGO's Nigeria Researcher Daniel Eyre commented: “The attack on Baga and surrounding towns looks as if it could be Boko Haram’s deadliest act in a catalogue of increasingly heinous attacks carried out by the group.

"If reports that the town was largely razed to the ground and that hundreds or even as many as two thousand civilians were killed are true, this marks a disturbing and bloody escalation of Boko Haram’s ongoing onslaught against the civilian population.”

Since 2009, Boko Haram has deliberately targeted civilians through raids and bomb attacks, with attacks increasing in frequency and severity. The effects on the civilian population have been devastating with thousands killed and abducted, and hundreds of thousands forced to leave their homes.

Evidence gathered by Amnesty indicates that Boko Haram have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, the organisation says.

The Nigerian government must investigate these violent abuses and ensure that those guilty of committing them are brought to justice, it adds.

* AI: http://www.amnesty.org

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