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AI: Boko Haram killed woman in labour during attack

2015-01-15 07:28

Lagos - Boko Haram fighters 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 3 January and is thought to have targeted civilian vigilantes helping the military.

"Sensational" claims

"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 5km as he fled through the bush.

Nigeria's military, which often downplays death tolls, said this week that 150 people died, dismissing as "sensational" claims that 2 000 may have lost their lives.

Security analysts have said that it may be impossible to know exactly how many were killed, with the town and surrounding area still in rebel control and access impossible.

Satellite images

Amnesty on Thursday also published satellite images of Baga and Doron Baga, 2.5km away, which it said showed the scale of the attack.

Aerial shots of the two towns - which have been hit previously by fighting - were shown the day before the Islamists moved in and four days later, after they had razed homes and businesses.

"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 group's Nigeria researcher, Daniel Eyre.

More than 3 700 structures were damaged or completely destroyed - 620 in Baga and more than 3 100 in Doron Baga, Amnesty said but added that the number could be higher.

Local officials have said Baga and at least 16 surrounding settlements were burnt to the ground and at least 20 000 people fled.

Medical charity Doctors Without Borders said on Tuesday that its team in the Borno State capital, Maiduguri, was providing assistance to 5 000 survivors of the attack.

Elections

The UN refugee agency has said that more than 11 300 Nigerian refugees have fled into neighbouring Chad.

Eyre said the eye-witnesses and images reinforced the view that the attack was Boko Haram's "largest and most destructive" in its fight to establish a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria.

The statement added: "The deliberate killing of civilians and destruction of their property by Boko Haram are war crimes and crimes against humanity and must be duly investigated."

At least 300 women were said to have been rounded up and detained at a school, witnesses told Amnesty, adding that older women, mothers and children were released after four days but younger women kept.

The Baga attack came before presidential and parliamentary elections in Nigeria next month and an upsurge in violence apparently designed to undermine the legitimacy of the vote.

On Saturday, 19 people were killed when explosives strapped to a young girl said to be as young as 10 detonated at a crowded market in Maiduguri.

Four people were also killed when two female suicide bombers hit another market in the commercial capital of neighbouring Yobe State, Potiskum, on Sunday.

Comments
  • Akhenaten C.T. - 2015-01-15 07:33

    That is why they should be exterminated together with all those who assist them.

      Gary Guy - 2015-01-15 07:55

      Agreed. I am sure the West has a number of new weapons that they would like to test out. Let them loose on this bunch of idiots.

      Heywood Ublowme - 2015-01-15 08:09

      Yet another act of kindness by Boko Haram in spreading the message of peace, love, tolerance and understanding on behalf of the religion they purport to represent.....

      Andrew Robert Slaughter - 2015-01-15 08:28

      I am not sure SA should get involved as part of military assistance by the AU. We should rather concentrate on border control, as we should be doing this any way, and it seems terrorists are using SA as a safe haven (remember the White Widow?). An I am sure that there is financial support coming out of SA for some of these terrorist organisations

      Raymon Mcnelly - 2015-01-15 08:36

      Boko Haram is what Islam leads to. Many may claim that Boko Haram isn't Muslim but it IS what lies at the end of the Islamic road.

      Dawid Venter - 2015-01-15 08:49

      Their power hungry streak is their demise. Islamic , Muslim and Christian faiths are all evil. All their scriptures talk about murder, jealousy, hate and contradicting itself at more than 100 places. And they want to say the scriptures are holy and the word of their god? Wow a vicious god they are supporting. The Christians screaming about these crazy Islam dogs conveniently forgot about what they did centuries ago when they claimed people are witches , burned innocents alive at the stake, innocent people brutally tortured in torture chambers until they admitted they were from the devil etc. all in the name of a their christian religion. Their scriptures then tell them to do these things. And the moment they don't agree with the scripture's they simply change that verse or passage to suit their current needs and reprint it.

      Andrew Jackson - 2015-01-15 09:12

      Boko Haram is Mainstream media created, just like Al Qaeda name that Bush Family, House of Rothschild created in order to take control of other countries oil supply with full support of all who read propaganda media releases. What happened to BRING BACK OUR GIRLS story? The theory that they are using is called The Hagelian Dialectic. This is the easiest way to understand how it works: 1.CREATE THE PROBLEM (by even killing its own citizen) 2.REACTION (by blaming on an false enemy ) 3 SOLUTION (to gain support from the masses to attack false enemy) Remember 911 World Trade Centre!!!

      Chez Kri - 2015-01-15 09:56

      @Andrew Jackson. Where's your sign? Google Barry Hilton quotes to find out what I mean. You will need to put the tinfoil cap on to stop the lizard heads from sneaking into your brain as they crawl along the broadband cables, out thru the wifi and then out your speakers.

  • paul.hansmeyer.7 - 2015-01-15 07:34

    And they do this in the name of religion, they are worse than animals.........

      Chez Kri - 2015-01-15 09:58

      The prophet Mohammed must be spinning in his grave! Him and God have long discussions wondering where they went wrong. Much like parents do when their child is caught smoking in school.

  • Robert Keene - 2015-01-15 07:40

    Heartless thugs!

  • linda.d.oosthuizen - 2015-01-15 07:48

    Savages ...

  • Kevin Nicklin - 2015-01-15 07:48

    Then the Nigerian government wonders why there is no help provided to them. Why down play and manipulate statistics. Stand by it, be honest and request assistance. By downplaying the casualty numbers, people take the situation less seriously. My sympathy to all the innocent killed by this ruthless group.

  • IndianSA - 2015-01-15 07:48

    See here's the thing... 'Respect Islam!' they shout... but do they respect the religious choices of others? Do they respect freedom of speech? Do they respect the concepts of tolerance & freedom? Do they respect our society & our choices

      Irfaan Hilberg - 2015-01-15 08:13

      Having a muslim name dosnt make u a muslim...islam is a religion of peace ....they interpret scripture wrongly!! In christianity children are/were sexually abused by the hundreds and the christian extremists called the crusaders killed thousands of muslims for refusing to believe in the "trinity" but i still say that mainstream christianity is a peacefull religion

      Martin Pienaar - 2015-01-15 08:17

      Irfaan: "..islam is a religion of peace..." Which "piece" do you want? The head or the torso?!!

      Raymon Mcnelly - 2015-01-15 08:43

      Irfaan Hilberg, You are regurgitating the typical Islamic propaganda like a good little Muslim. You know that Islam is not a religion of piece and it can be proven by the Hadith and the Quaran. You know that the Crusades was a defensive move by the Roman Chursh to stop the advansing Islamic forces, which (by the way) where slaughtering everyone in their path not converting to Islam. You claim Islam is the religion of piece yet YOU have not condemned Boko Haram's action at all. You are a typical Muslim - deceitful, lying and backwards.

      PointBlank - 2015-01-15 09:14

      Irfaan, if these are not Muslims then the Crusaders were not Christian.

      Chez Kri - 2015-01-15 10:01

      Irfaan is right. As a non Christian I could say they same thing about Christianity as you guys are mockingly saying to Irfaan. Islam is SUPPOSED to be a religion of peace, much like Christianity is SUPPOSED to be a religion of peace and tolerance. These fanatics are reading what they want to. Like the Christians who believe black people are not human, based on them misinterpreting the bible.

      Ian Finch - 2015-01-15 10:37

      Ya please be rational. No one is going around accusing Christians for what Hitler did to the Jews. People calling all Muslims terrorists are basically bored keyboard warriors who are looking for some excitement in their lives. Trust me, war is the last thing you guys are prepared for.

  • Songezo Mcapukisi - 2015-01-15 07:49

    That's enough. We are at war. All of us. This is beyond evil. A woman in labour. My heart breaks. I don't care what needs to be done but Pretoria should wake up and send our best SANDF. Let's put to use the arm's deal saga. This is the opportunity for the world to see what we are made of. I declare a war! Until Boko Haram us wiped of the face of the earth, we will not be at peace. They crossed the line.

      Thabo Kalipa - 2015-01-15 07:57

      I support ya brada 100%

      Victor Fedrick - 2015-01-15 07:58

      if super power american army can not defeat islamic terrorist what make you think sandf can

      Gary Guy - 2015-01-15 07:58

      Noble indeed Songezo, but do we really want the world to see what we are made of. I fear that we will get such a whipping from Boko Haram and that what remains after will come crawling back with their tails between their legs.

      Selborne Collins - 2015-01-15 08:05

      the military is too busy watching soccer...........leave them be.

      Isabella Rodrigaz - 2015-01-15 08:18

      Songezi, out of curiosity: Are you going to be one of the people you want 'sent' to Nigeria? My point is this: We always expect others to put themselves in danger, doing things that we ourselves are not willing to do. Although i get your point but these are someone's mothers/ fathers/ sons and daughters that we expect to go die in Nigeria.....ow and die they will!

      Andrew Robert Slaughter - 2015-01-15 08:32

      I am not sure military assistance is the best option for us. We don't have the military capacity for a prolonged campaign in a foreign territory. SA should rather focus on better border control (which we should be doing anyway) as it seems terrorists are using SA as a base (remember the White Widow?). Also, we need to investigate financial assistance to these terrorists groups that is originating from SA.

      Selborne Collins - 2015-01-15 08:55

      Isabella, wars in a fallen world r a reality, accept it. I sacrificed two years of my life to do COMPULSORY military service and got paid R5 a day and they deducted R10 a month for haircuts. For the current regime's military it's a job, not compulsory, either way, you know what your in for and the potential of getting called up for duty and dying in the process.

      Piete Koo - 2015-01-15 09:09

      Isabella, he does not want you or him to go and fight. He was making a suggestion that South Africa defence force should help. The military can assist in many ways other than just fight. They can lend logistic support, supply weaponry, man control centers, fly sorties, help rebuild villages, etc.

      Songezo Mcapukisi - 2015-01-15 09:43

      All I am saying, we spent billions on arms deal. Let's flex some muscle here. Let's test them. @ Isabella, If I had the opportunity I will be the first on the front line. Blow their heads and wipe them of the face of the earth. I would do it. If it comes to a point where we have to defend our country. Training of or no training, I still would offer myself up. No questions asked.

      Dawid Venter - 2015-01-15 09:49

      Songezo what SANDF do you want to send the 90% with HIV or the 10% that is all Generals?

      Selborne Collins - 2015-01-15 10:39

      Songezo, have you been shot at with live ammunition in a war-like situation?

      Songezo Mcapukisi - 2015-01-15 11:12

      If it's done to one of our brothers, yes it is done to me. I have been shot at.

      Sean Keys - 2015-01-15 13:20

      SANDF will not be able to put up much resistance. We don't have the discipline or skill any longer

  • Kobus Hattingh - 2015-01-15 07:53

    Satans children :(

      Genet Joobs - 2015-01-15 09:19

      Agreed.

  • Thabo Kalipa - 2015-01-15 07:56

    Please MR PRESIDENT LETS INTERVENE AS S.A SEND THEM MILITANTS IN.. THATS WHAT THEY WERE TRAINED FOR.

  • Barney Debarn Andrews - 2015-01-15 08:01

    Someone please train me to use that Rambo artillery - the knife i'll save for the leader. This job i'll do for free - just look after me own kids should i not make it back. How our leaders can allow this to continue is besides me?! Have we not learned anything from the Rwandan Genocide, what more need to happen before we step in and up.

  • Niel Annali Appleton - 2015-01-15 08:04

    kill the bastards

  • Emma Sanderson - 2015-01-15 08:04

    I think it very telling that with all its money Nigeria has not sorted out the problem. Best they spend their oil money on weapons and training their army. Best they forget about politics and defeat the terrorism in their midst - why do they always seem to forget this in Africa - separation between party and state. If you won the elections and are in charge of governing the country then you are responsible for and accountable to all the citizens of the country regardless of whether they voted for you or not.

  • nicole.naidoo.98 - 2015-01-15 08:07

    Omg This is too sad, Satan has taken over Nigeria

  • Mark Schrade - 2015-01-15 08:10

    Yup, Religion.....

  • Robin Burgess - 2015-01-15 08:14

    Time to take them out!!!!!!!

  • Robin Burgess - 2015-01-15 08:14

    Add your comment here...

      Andrew Jackson - 2015-01-15 09:13

      Boko Haram is Mainstream media created, just like Al Qaeda name that Bush Family, House of Rothschild created in order to take control of other countries oil supply with full support of all who read propaganda media releases. What happened to BRING BACK OUR GIRLS story? The theory that they are using is called The Hagelian Dialectic. This is the easiest way to understand how it works: 1.CREATE THE PROBLEM (by even killing its own citizen) 2.REACTION (by blaming on an false enemy ) 3 SOLUTION (to gain support from the masses to attack false enemy) Remember 911 World Trade Centre!!!

  • Lethukuthula Maphumulo - 2015-01-15 08:17

    Pure EVIL!!!!! and Hiding behind Islam, while completely not following the principles of Islam. Let the AU intervene now, Enough is Enough.

  • Jurgen Eksteen - 2015-01-15 08:18

    And people say the devil is a myth ...

  • Wendy Nezar Schmidt - 2015-01-15 08:19

    What kind of people are these?

  • Rasheed Ahmed Moosaji - 2015-01-15 08:25

    What a shame? Unthinkable crime. They have to be halted in their tracks. When will the carnage stop??

  • Philip Maeta - 2015-01-15 08:27

    Western and AU are afraid OF Boko Haram

      Andrew Jackson - 2015-01-15 09:14

      Boko Haram is Mainstream media created, just like Al Qaeda name that Bush Family, House of Rothschild created in order to take control of other countries oil supply with full support of all who read propaganda media releases. What happened to BRING BACK OUR GIRLS story? The theory that they are using is called The Hagelian Dialectic. This is the easiest way to understand how it works: 1.CREATE THE PROBLEM (by even killing its own citizen) 2.REACTION (by blaming on an false enemy ) 3 SOLUTION (to gain support from the masses to attack false enemy) Remember 911 World Trade Centre!!!

  • Humeira Mogalia - 2015-01-15 08:27

    absolutely barbaric. I agree that they need to be exterminated and quickly. Savages!!!

  • Annette BrandersBraxton - 2015-01-15 08:30

    It is really sad. The situation is out of control. Something drastic should be done against these horrible people. These killers are hiding behind a religion. No god would want this, innocent people dying, children, women being killed. It is beyond mad.

  • paulson.meziri - 2015-01-15 08:56

    There is a lot people don't know, I lived in north eastern Nigeria for 12 yrs and know exactly what is going on. Chad Sudan & Niger has full hands in fueling the crisis. All the armination are coming freely from their borders from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and rest of terrorist sponsored countries. Almost all Christian minorities in northern Nigeria is almost wiped out and you can see in this platform how Muslims react to it. They complain of Central African republic where they started the crisis by seleka rebels fully financed and trained by Chad. No country in Europe will destroy its neighbours no matter what like what Africans 're doing. Cameroon initially don't want to assist Nigeria until these terrorist cross over and attacked its territory. Wake up Africa, stop blaming colonialism that has gone 60 yrs ago.

  • paulson.meziri - 2015-01-15 09:04

    Why is so difficult for government to tackle it is that 80% of Nigeria Muslims are in under ground support of these terrorist but they will come out first to tell us that islam did not support violent same as what is happening in South Africa. Have you ever ask yourself how gifts of the givers got contact of al-Qaeda to negotiate with them.

      Andrew Jackson - 2015-01-15 09:15

      Boko Haram is Mainstream media created, just like Al Qaeda name that Bush Family, House of Rothschild created in order to take control of other countries oil supply with full support of all who read propaganda media releases. What happened to BRING BACK OUR GIRLS story? The theory that they are using is called The Hagelian Dialectic. This is the easiest way to understand how it works: 1.CREATE THE PROBLEM (by even killing its own citizen) 2.REACTION (by blaming on an false enemy ) 3 SOLUTION (to gain support from the masses to attack false enemy) Remember 911 World Trade Centre!!!

      Walter Rocha - 2015-01-15 09:28

      Andrew, you should be in Hollywood making movies

  • Adie Letchme Masana - 2015-01-15 09:30

    Boko Haram is just an evil group.

  • Salome Desiderius - 2015-01-15 09:58

    ......................

  • Londie Hlophekazi Mteshane - 2015-01-15 10:00

    This is heartless :( !!

  • Pieter ZA - 2015-01-15 10:00

    If i listen to all the comments of local indigenous people in south africa i have no feeling what so ever for what goes on on the rest of this continent. If you want to kill white people, go ahead. In 20 years you will have the sam BS that's going on in this report. Give them more guns and knives. Get it over more quickly. Killing a woman who is giving birth. Gow much lower can you get?

  • John Stoltz - 2015-01-15 10:39

    Before Boko Haram to me such an atrocious act was unthinkable!! Today I do not blink an eye, as it is what is to be expected! The parents of these sub human beings must regret they ever gave birth to such vermin!!

  • Daniel Nick Mabaso - 2015-01-15 11:13

    Muslims/Islamist religion belong to Satan himself.

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