Nine days later, dead bodies still litter the bushes from Boko Haram’s ‘deadliest’ massacre in its ongoing jihad to impose the most radical form of Islamic fundamentalism on the population.
CNN Boko Haram has terrorized northern Nigeria regularly since 2009, attacking police, schools, churches and civilians, and bombing government buildings. The Islamist group has said its aim is to impose a stricter form of Sharia law across Nigeria, which is split between a majority Muslim north and a mostly Christian south.
Each new crime committed by Boko Haram exceeds the last in brutality. This is a direct consequence of the environment of total impunity in which Boko Haram operates. Every time they get away with mass murder, rape and the enslavement of women and children, they are emboldened.
The attackers sped into a Nigerian town with grenade launchers — their gunfire and explosions shattering the early morning calm. As terrified residents scattered into bushes in Baga town and surrounding villages, the gunmen unloaded motorcycles from their trucks and followed in hot pursuit.
That was January 3, nine days ago. On Monday, bodies still littered the bushes in the area. “Baga is not accessible because it is still occupied by Boko Haram,” said Sen. Maina Ma’aji Lawan of northern Borno state. The strategic Nigerian town borders Chad, giving the Muslim extremists better access to both countries.