Satellite Images By Amnesty International Suggest Wide Scale Destruction In Baga

Doro Gowon Satellite view on 2 Jan 2015 and 7 Jan 2015Satellite images released on Thursday by human rights organisation, Amnesty International, suggested that there was a wide scale destruction by Boko Haram insurgents in Baga, as a result of last week’s attack.

“In Baga, a densely populated town less than two square kilometres in size, approximately 620 structures were damaged or completely destroyed by fire.”

While, “in Doron Baga more than 3,100 structures were damaged or destroyed by fire affecting most of the 4 square kilometre town.”

Initial casualty figures resulting from the Baga attack were pegged at 2000, which Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters debunked and said was below 300.

However, Amnesty International said its new images provided “indisputable and shocking evidence” of the scale of the attack on the towns of Baga and Doron Baga by Boko Haram militants.

According to the organisation, “Before and after images of two neighbouring towns, Baga (160 kilometres from Maiduguri) and Doron Baga (also known as Doro Gowon, 2.5 km from Baga), taken on 2 and 7 January show the devastating effect of the attacks which left over 3,700 structures damaged or completely destroyed. Other nearby towns and villages were also attacked over this period.

“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,” said the Nigeria researcher for Amnesty International, Daniel Eyre.

 

Although Nigerian military attributed the mass exodus of residents from Baga to repeated attacks by the insurgents, Amnesty International further insisted last week’s attack was the “largest and most destructive” yet.

Bama Residents In Fear As Army Repel Boko Haram Invasion

Boko HaramThe Nigerian troops have repelled an attempt by Boko Haram insurgents to invade Bama, the second largest city in Borno State.

Eyewitness reports says that the insurgents tried to gain an inroad into the city last night, which led to an all night fight which ended in the early hours of Monday.

The insurgents were reported to have arrived Bama firing mortars, Rocket-Propelled Grenade (RPGs) and hurling grenades into the city.

A resident of the town, who anonymously spoke to Channels Television said “in Bama this morning, there was a serious attack by the insurgents; they laid siege on the military base wanting to sack them but we thank God that didn’t happen because the military were up to the task and they repelled them.

“But for now, I know so many people have been injured and killed whose number we cannot ascertain now and some military men had to move back to Maiduguri because they were expecting attacks in some parts of Maiduguri and Gamboru-Ngala.

“So many soldiers too were injured. But young Nigerians, particularly the Civilian JTF were up to resist any entrance of vehicles or persons into Maiduguri from Bama axis”, he said, adding that “people are under panic in Maiduguri and Bama; people are living under fear.

Army Imposes Dusk To Dawn Curfew

Meanwhile, the 7th divisional headquaters of the Nigerian Army has imposed a curfew in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state.

Bama is about 76 kilometres drive and south east of Maiduguri, the state capital which had witnessed series of deadly attacks by suspected terrorists.

According to army authorities, the curfew is from 7pm to 6 am and is to remain until further notice.

This action, the army said, is to forestall a plot by Boko Haram militants to attack Maiduguri.

The Nigerian Army is currently battling Boko Haram insurgents in Bama, some 40 kilometers away from Maiduguri.

Nigeria, Cameroon, Others Deploy 2,800 Troops Against Boko Haram

boko haram 2Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger have agreed to quickly form a new force that would comprise 2,800 soldiers to fight against Boko Haram insurgents.

The defence ministers of Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger said they would contribute 700 troops each to the force.

According to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Niger’s Defence Minister, Karidio Mahamadou, said they were determined to “eradicate this curse”.

Boko Haram’s insurgency is focused on Nigeria, but  has carried out some cross-border raids.

The bridge which serves as a key transport link between north-eastern Nigeria and Cameroon in Gamboru Gala was blown off by men of the deadly sect.

According to residents, cars and lorries loaded with goods were stranded on the highway.

The regional defence ministers met in Niger’s capital, Niamey, on Wednesday, to hold further discussions on the growing threat posed by Boko Haram.

While the meeting was ongoing, the Islamist group unleashed terror on Kaduna, killing 70 people.

A former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) who was caught in the violent attacks narrowly escaped death.

Efforts to step up regional co-operation gained momentum after Boko Haram caused an international outcry by abducting more than 200 girls from a boarding school in north-eastern Nigeria.

The girls are said to be held in the vast Sambisa forest, along Nigeria’s border with Cameroon.

 

 

Bomb Blast Rocks Market In Adamawa

bomb-explosionA bomb explosion has occurred at Kasuwan Kuturu in Mubi, Adamawa State. The casualty figure from the blast is still sketchy as at the time of this report.

Eyewitness told Channels Television the bomb went off at about 12 noon.

Adamawa is one of the three states under emergency rule due to the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents, who have carried out series of attacks on villages, schools and churches in the northeast.

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