You might not know this given the huge attention being put on the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack, but the radical Islamist troop known as Boko Haram is basically in the middle of committing a holocaust in Nigeria, reports the Wall Street Journal:
Boko Haram killed hundreds of people and burned down almost an entire town this month, Amnesty International said Thursday, citing satellite photos to offer the clearest indication to date of the damage the Nigerian insurgency wrought.
More than 3,700 buildings, including homes, schools, and clinics, were torched by Boko Haram in and around the remote town of Baga during an assault that began on Jan. 3, the human rights group said. Satellite photos showed the entire town of Doron-Baga, which is next to Baga, had been effectively burned down.
Refugees claim that up to 2,000 have been killed by Boko Haram, but the Nigerian government denies these claims. It alleges that only 150 people died. According to a business owner who fled the town of Baga, “people were being killed like animals.”
Here’s a brief timeline of what’s been going on, courtesy BBC:
The attack on Baga is suspected by international watchdogs to be Boko Haram’s deadliest attack thus far. John Campbell, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, says that “the group’s targets have expanded and its violent attacks have become more frequent” since it started this mess back in 2009. And in case you didn’t know, Boko Haram is committing these attacks because it believes Nigeria “should be ruled under strict Islamic law.” Sound familiar?
Speaking of which, Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau praises “the perpetrators of last week’s Paris terror attacks in” the video below:
But like the president says, radical Islamic terrorism isn’t a problem, right!?
Story Lead via [Hannity]