The leader of Nigeria’s most dreaded insurgent group has revealed in his latest video that ‘more deaths are coming,’ and also that God commanded that his fighters massacre hundreds of people in the town of Baga in northeastern Nigeria this month in an attack described by human rights groups as the worst so far by the militants. Latimes report.
‘This is just the beginning of the killings. What you’ve just witnessed is a tip of the iceberg. More deaths are coming’. – Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in a YouTube video
Shekau has in a short years ruthlessly transformed Boko Haram from a militia that mainly attacked army posts and police stations to one that has launched suicide bombings across the country, targeting civilians in markets, bus stations and clubs.
Claiming responsibility for this month’s massacre, Shekau said in the video on YouTube that the devastation in Baga was nothing compared to future attacks he was planning.
“We are the ones who fought the people of Baga, and we have killed them with such a killing as he [God] commanded us in his book,” said Shekau, as Nigeria and its neighbors struggled to deploy a regional force to confront the violent Islamist group.
Satellite images released last week show thousands of houses in Baga and neighboring Doron Baga burned down in the attack.
An accurate count of how many were killed has not been reached, but estimates range from several hundred to 2,000 people.