Shekau Shares Reason Behind Baga Massacre In New Video
January 3 and 7, 2015, marked a very bad start to the year in Nigeria with the Boko Haram insurgency claiming the lives of more than 150 people in Baga, as reported by the military, while a recent satellite image released by Amnesty International reportedly shows that the Baga massacre claimed the lives of up to 2000 people.
A new video released yesterday by Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, reveals why the attack was carried out.
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In the video, Shekau talks about the massacre they carried out in Baga, Borno state, on January 3 and 7, saying it was an order from above.
In the 35-minutes video clip, Shekau claimed responsibility for the attack, stating that his Lord instructed him to do so in His Book.
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"We killed the people of Baga. We indeed killed them, as our Lord instructed us in His Book. We will not stop. This is not much. You will see. I'm ready," Shekau said in the video message posted on YouTube.
The Boko Haram insurgency began in Nigeria in 2009, with the intention of creating an Islamic state and preventing Western-style education. Thousands of people have been killed, mostly in northeastern Nigeria, since the attacks began.