YOLA, Nigeria - Hundreds of bodies remain scattered in the woods, on Nigerian soil, after an attack by Islamist terrorists on January 3. Amnesty International said on Friday that the massacre was the deadliest in the history of Boko Haram group. Already according to EFE, "hundreds of people" had been killed by militia in two attacks in the city of Baga this week.
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Spokesperson of the government, Mike Omeri said the fighting continued on Friday in an attempt to regain control of the town of Berry, on the border with Chad, where insurgents have taken a military base on January 3 and attacked again on Wednesday -Thurs.
- Security forces have responded quickly and used significant resources, and perform air strikes against militants - Omeri said in a statement.
District chief Baba Abba Hassan said most of the victims are children, women and elderly who could not run fast enough when insurgents stormed Berry, firing grenades and glaring inhabitants.
- The human carnage perpetrated by terrorists of Boko Haram in Baga was huge - lamented the Associated Press Muhammad Abba Gava, spokesman for a group of civilians who fight against Boko Haram.
He said the civilian fighters gave up trying to count all the bodies.
- No one could assist the bodies, and even the seriously injured should be dead now - told Gava.
According to an official statement from Amnesty International, there are reports that the city was devastated and that about 2000 people were killed.
If the information is true, it "marks a worrying and bloody escalation of the Boko Haram attacks," according to Daniel Eyre, a researcher at Amnesty International in Nigeria.
Before the attack this week, the bloodiest day of Nigerian revolt had been March 14 last year, when soldiers fired on unarmed prisoners in an attack on the military headquarters in the city of Maiduguri. According to Amnesty International, satellite images indicated that more than 600 people were killed that day.
The revolt that has lasted five years killed more than 10,000 people last year alone, according to the Council on Foreign Relations, based in Washington. More than a million people are displaced inside Nigeria, and hundreds of thousands fled across the borders with Chad and Cameroon.
US CONDEMN VIOLENCE CLIMBING
The United States condemned "the recent escalation of attacks against civilians" perpetrated by Boko Haram in the north of Nigeria, and asked the authors of "accountable" for their actions.
- All authors of terrorist attacks should be held accountable - said the State Department in a statement released late on Friday.
The American diplomacy spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki, also stressed that the Boko Haram "shows no respect for human life."
After promising work to "end the scourge of Boko Haram," Washington asked that "Nigeria and its neighbors take the necessary measures to respond to the threat" posed by Muslim fundamentalist group.
- Terrorist organizations like Boko Haram should not prevent Nigeria to hold peaceful elections that reflect the will of the Nigerian people - added Jennifer.
Presidential elections in Nigeria are scheduled for February 14, although many observers expresseram doubts about the credibility of a referendum in which the people of the northeast region of the country, controlled by terrorists, may not participate.
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At least 19 people were killed on Saturday when a tight tied to the body of a girl two years old was detonated in a crowded market of people in Maiduguri, according to local police.
In the last six months, the Boko Haram took control of dozens of villages in the regions of Borno and Adamawa, in the East.
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