Survivors of Nigeria Attack Describe Killings

Haruna Umar and Christopher Torchia, AP, January 12, 2015

Survivors of an assault by Islamic militants that killed a large number of civilians in Nigeria have described days of relentless violence in which, one witness said, some people were slaughtered “like insects.”

The accounts were given by villagers who fled the carnage in and around Baga, a town in Borno state that lies in the northeastern corner of Nigeria near the border with Chad. The killing unfolded over several days after Boko Haram fighters seized a key military base there on Jan. 3.

Amnesty International has said there are reports that the death toll could be as high as 2,000, though some witnesses cite lower tolls in the hundreds.

Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, a military spokesman, said Monday that the evidence available so far indicates a death toll of no more than 150, including insurgents killed in combat with troops. The military has said 14 soldiers were killed and 30 were wounded in the Baga attack, and that it was making a plan to restore “law, order and normalcy” to the area.

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Boko Haram is suspected of using a 10-year-old girl to detonate a bomb at a market in Maiduguri on Saturday, killing at least 10 people and seriously injuring others. The bomb exploded after explosives were found under the girl’s clothing during a search, according to witness accounts.

Insurgents have also been implicated in deadly bombings in Potiskum in northern Yobe state, which is adjacent to Borno. One bomb targeted a police building.

One survivor of the Baga violence, Ibrahim Gambo, estimated that more than 500 people may have died and said he did not know what happened to his wife and daughter. The 25-year-old truck driver said he was part of a civilian militia that, bolstered by a belief that its fighters were protected from bullets by a magical charm, initially had success in resisting Boko Haram insurgents.

But the army told his militia group to pull back so a military plane could attack Boko Haram forces, which then surrounded Baga when the plane didn’t arrive, Gambo said in an interview with The Associated Press.

“It is sad that our fortification charm became ineffective once we showed fear,” Gambo said.

“As we were running for our lives, we came across many corpses; both men and women, and even children,” he said. Some had gunshot wounds in the head and some had their legs bound and hands tied behind their backs, he said.

Yahaya Takakumi, a 55-year-old farmer, told Nigeria’s Premium Times that he escaped from Baga with one of his wives, but does not know the whereabouts of four of his children, his second wife and his elder brother.

“We saw dead bodies especially, on the islands of Lake Chad where fishermen had settled,” the newspaper quoted Takakumi as saying. “Several persons were killed there like insects.”

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  • Reynardine

    Can you really expect an honest death toll from people who can’t count above “many?”

    • Sick of it

      Past 21 they’re lost for an exact count.

    • Speedy Steve

      One corpse, two corpses, three corpses, another corpses, another corpses…

      • Reynardine

        Oh hey you’re familiar with common core too!

  • Sorry, low information undertow, the hashtag didn’t work.

  • Itooktheredpill

    I don’t know if you guys heard but apparently Nigeria is Africa’s most promising state. LOL

    • propagandaoftruth

      What’s worse than a bunch of 70 average IQ negroes trying to run their own affairs?

      A bunch of 70 average IQ Muslim negroes trying to do the same.

      And the beat goes on…la dee dee la dee dah…

      • Whitetrashgang

        Cher was a whore, sonny had a bad hair cut. That is all.

        • propagandaoftruth

          I thought some lesbian sang that song.

    • Pro-Apartheid

      Nigeria and South Africa are the most advanced countries in Africa. White-owned private businesses are still keeping South Africa alive.

      • Itooktheredpill

        Its my understanding Nigeria is also one of the worlds largest oil exporters. So most of their economic progress is due to having massive funds for investment from oil profits and not because their economy can be characterized by ingenuity and hard work.

        • According to Wikipedia, 94% of Nigerian exports were petroleum and natural gas in 2011. The rest appears to be primarily cacao and rubber. Since oil prices are now in free-fall and Nigeria has a population growth rate that looks like the 1990’s stock market, I suspect this will create some acute balance-of-payments problems.

          • Itooktheredpill

            Exactly. The book IQ and global inequality is a great read about the economic potential of a country and the most important factors that determine it.

            The first is of course average national IQ or in other world average human capital. And this thesis is well proven (in my opinion of course) throughout the book. Basically the correlation between IQ and GDP and GDP per capital etc were very strong.

            One of the few things that would throw this correlation off is countries rich in natural resources such as for example saudi arabia.

            There national IQ was somewhere in the mid 80s but due to their “Black gold” their national GDP is alot higher than predicted.

            Same goes for countries like Nigeria except even more so.

            One other thing that threw off the correlation was whether or not the country had a capitalist fate or a communist fate after WW2. For example most of Eastern Europe has average IQ essentially the same as Western Europe but GDP and GDP per capita are still behind Western Europe. Same can be said of China except more so.

      • Charles Martel

        “The most advanced countries in Africa” is quite a compliment. Like being The Best Dressed Man in Bulgaria!I

        • Itooktheredpill

          The smartest in special ed!

          • Ludwig

            The tallest Hobbit.

  • Lewis33

    Boko Haram, doing the work that Western charities won’t allow nature to do.

    • See The Future

      A great place to redirect your charitable donations.

    • Speedy Steve

      Yup, whacking the farmers that provide their grub. Well done, Abdullah!

      • One of the main tenants of guerrilla warfare is treating the peasants well, in order that they will provide food and other support and not inform the authorities. Mao wrote extensively about this, but I doubt Boko Haram members have ever read anything other than the Koran. Obviously 500 dead farmers and fishermen, with even more driven out of the area aren’t providing any support at all. To all appearances, Boko Haram wants a caliphate without anyone in it. These sorts of massacres are starting to resemble yet another happy, fun Islamist movement: the GIA, which from 1991 to 2002 fought a civil war in Algeria that left some 100,000 dead, most of them civilian non-combatants. The GIA isn’t finished, and now calls itself Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

    • RationaliseThis

      Nevertheless Christianity, of all the superstitions, is a great pacifying force for the African. It dramatically reduces crime, war and improves productivity. It introduces women into the productive workforce. Compared to Islam it is benign.

      The outflows of Aficans from conflict regions in Africa are substantially caused by Islam.

    • Winston_Jack

      +100

  • phorning

    “The 25-year-old truck driver said he was part of a civilian militia that, bolstered by a belief that its fighters were protected from bullets by a magical charm, initially had success in resisting Boko Haram insurgents.”

    Working with these people just has to be maddening. He goes on to say the charm was ineffective because they showed fear. These are the stories that should get press coverage in U.S.

    • Reynardine

      The Simbas in the Congo thought the same thing and had their witchdoctors cast magical spells that protected them against bullets.

      Lot of good that did them against the Belgians.

      • If I remember correctly, the Mao Maos in Kenya believed the same thing, carrying “magic” charms and the like.

    • Charles Martel

      He also later describes it as a “fornication charm.” Not sure what to make of that except to say I am glad there is a a large ocean between us and his multiple wives and offspring.

      • Reynardine

        I think a lot of Christians in Africa use communion as an excuse for cannibalism, so maybe they use “God is Love” as an excuse for their humpin’ and dumpin’.

  • Chip Carver

    I care more about what happened to Procol Harum than Boko Haram.

    And I don’t care what happened to Procol Harum at all. This “problems” should not be the concern of whites in the West, other than serving as reminders why we don’t need these types of people in our countries. Our enemies have worked hard to direct our “sympathy response” in the wrong directions.

    • jim

      I don’t care what happened to Procol Harum either, but Conquistador is a great tune…

      • Reynardine

        If only America would turn a Whiter Shade of Pale.

        • 1069rhythm

          Really! Right now we are just ghostly.

  • Blacks and Islam is a deadly and wicked combination.

    • Speedy Steve

      Not as bad as pissed-off YT with nothing to lose.

  • HJ11

    Go Boko Haram! Reduce the biomas of Black genes that will produce Black individuals who may eventually kill Whites.

    • Reynardine

      “Go go Boko Haram” fits the cadence of “Go Go Power Rangers.”

  • George Costanza

    Yawnnnzzzzz

  • dd121

    I’m all for issuing Angelie Jolie and her feminist buddy’s AK47’s and ship them to Africa to make Boko stop this nonsense.

    • KevinPhillipsBong

      Strap some GoPros to their heads and I might even pay to watch it.

      • dd121

        Great idea. They could name it Boko goes Bang.

  • I posted on Yahoo News the other day that since this happened on the border with Chad, it was well inland, which meant that these murder victims were also Muslims.

    More wacky highjinks from the Religion of Peace!

    • Winston_Jack

      Islam. Bad for kaffir, and bad for Moslems too.
      That’s two good reasons to keep them the hell out of our lands.

  • I can’t wait for the Nigerian “refugees” to start pouring over our borders.

    • Reynardine

      Somewhere there is a leftist thinking to himself: “How do we get the Nigerian refugees into America?”

      • Church groups are probably lining up to launder our tax money in order to flood small white towns with them, where they will instantly become a permanent burden on the taxpayers, via food stamps, WIC, medicaid, TANF, welfare, free school meals (12 months a year), rent subsidies, home utility subsidies, free interpreters, Obama phones, free public schooling, an increased burden on the police, courts and jails, SSDI checks for their dim-witted “special needs” children, et cetera ad nauseum.

  • DLRisVH

    Black lives matter?

    • Zimriel

      Yeah. I’ll say they do; not because “black” but because “lives”.

      I mean, first, being pro-White (or pro-whatever-else, for our visitors) doesn’t mean being anti-Black as such. Pro-Whites should be at least willing to deal with other races to the extent they’re not anti-White. That’s somewhat a side-issue though.

      In the case of the “people of the sunna for da’wa and jihad”, Boko’s true name, they are anti-human. They should be opposed because they are not going to stop at Nigeria, in practical terms; and they should be opposed because “justice matters”, in the words of Rorschach from “The Watchmen”.

    • Charles Martel

      Only when killed by a white male, preferably a police officer. In a pinch, a “white Hispanic” will do.

  • Speedy Steve

    More than 500? I reckon black lives don’t matter as much as the gutter press pretends they should.

    • Sick of it

      More blacks have died under the ANC regime than under Apartheid. Oops, that was politically incorrect, wasn’t it?

  • See The Future

    Where is the United Nations? Why are they not speaking out about all the African nation atrocities. They are all represented on the UN.

  • Luca

    Mother nature is trying to thin the African herd. Let Nature take its course.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    Who cares about these blacks. CNN is upset that nobody marched because 2000 Nigerians were killed by Boko Haram. I do not think blacks will march when 2000 whites are killed. So let the africans march and be left to their own devices.

    • See The Future

      3,000 whites were killed Sept 11. I don’t recall any major marches.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    Typical blacks. They cannot even manage their own families let alone a country. Look what cesspools black countries are.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    These blacks and libs always wnaas whites to do everything for them, but they will hardly do anything for whites and only when it benefits them. I have noticed at anti abortion rallies we have silly white Christians praying to end abortions and then black anti abortionists will show up or be invited by these stupid whites and the only reason these negros are there is because there are abortion clinics in black areas and black babies are being aborted. They do not care about white or babies of other races being aborted. Stupid white christians have gone after doctors aborting black babies and tell them that they will take care of these black babies like they are valuable resources. That is why I stopped supporting anti abortion groups because they are foolish to support the enemy namely the black and hispanic babies from being aborted, but whites do not get the same response when whites babies are aborted.
    Can anyone see the double standard anymore???

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    Nigerians are the worst of the African race. They are the ones that do the internet scams on whites.

  • The Dude

    The Nigerian population is 179 million, and with their current birthrates, it is expected to surpass both that of China and India by the end of the century. So… yeah…

  • CNN wants us in paroxysms of pity over this, but I must ask, just how much coverage did that network give the Knoxville Horror? I didn’t think so either. Thus I am going to once again quote journalist Leonard Pitts by saying “Go cry me a river.”

  • They certainly were not comfortable discussing the heinous atrocities committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army in central Africa or the Revolutionary United Front in Sierra Leone, choosing instead to fret over side-issues like “conflict diamonds” and land mine treaties.

  • VictorWhisky

    the ‘lost continent’ populated by the ‘missing link’. flush your toilets and go on with your lives, folks