Amnesty releases satellite images showing extent of Boko Haram attacks in Baga and Doron Baga

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Leading human rights groups on Thursday released satellite images claiming to show massive destruction by Boko Haram of two Nigerian towns in what is feared to be the deadliest strike of the Islamists’ six-year insurgency.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch published separate images of Baga and the nearby town of Doron Baga, on the shores of Lake Chad, in the far north of Borno State in northeast Nigeria.

Hundreds of people, if not more, are feared to have been killed in the attack, Amnesty said, that is thought to have targeted civilian vigilantes helping the army and that reportedly included one woman being killed while in labour.

But Nigeria’s military, which often plays down death tolls, said that 150 died and dismissed as “sensational” claims that 2000 may have lost their lives.

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