Boko Haram militants reportedly slaughtered as many as 2,000 innocents in Nigeria terror attack

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By RYAN GORMAN

Terrorists killed as many as 2,000 people last week in a single attack.

Boko Haram militants stormed a small remote village Saturday and butchered the unarmed civilians as it took control of 16 surrounding towns, according to reports. Most of the survivors have since fled the area but are still in grave danger.

Women, children, and infants have been counted among the dead as the village of Baga was virtually wiped off the map, according to local authorities.

"It has been burnt down," Musa Alhaji Bukar, a senior government official in the area, told the BBC.

Bukar is the official who has insisted the death squads killed 2,000 people despite other estimates placing the death toll in the range of several hundreds.

An spokesperson for the poorly equipped armed group trying to fend off Boko Haram told the Associated Press that there are too many bodies to even count.

"The human carnage perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists in Baga was enormous," Muhammad Abba Gava grimly explained to the newswire. "No one could attend to the corpses and even the seriously injured ones who may have died by now."

Civilians have given up trying to count the victims.

A local told the AFP that the "whole town was on fire."

Another told Reuters: "I escaped with my family in the car after seeing how Boko Haram was killing people ... I saw bodies in the street.

"Children and women, some were crying for help," he continued, adding that bodies were littered on the streets and surrounding bushes."

Video of the slaughter viewed by Genocide Watch showed gunman firing on civilians forced to lie face-down in a dormitory while a senior militant called them "infidels" despite being Muslim.

"We have made sure the floor of this hall is turned red with blood, and this is how it is going to be in all future attacks and arrests of infidels," his chilling comments continue.

"From now on, killing, slaughtering, destruction and bombings will be our religious duty anywhere we invade."

Images on Twitter accompanied by the #BokoHaramKilled2000People hashtag showed bloody, burned and bullet-riddled bodies littered all over the town.

Buildings have either been burned down or reduced to rubble. Life as people in Baga knew it even only a few days ago will never return to normal.

Local state senator Maina Maaji Lawan, told the BBC: "The indiscriminate killing went on and on and on."

Baga is a tiny village at Nigeria's far northeastern coast along Lake Chad.

Thousands of survivors swam to an island in the massive lake, they are said to be trapped and ailing.

"Some of them are dying from lack of food, cold and malaria on the mosquito-infested island," Abubakar Gamandi, a Baga native, told AFP

The horrific assault culminated the terror group's seizure of territory in Nigeria's Borno region as they attempt to set up an African Islamic Caliphate similar to the Islamic State, as first announced last August by Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, according to RT.

Even more troubling, Nigeria's military seems unable, or unwilling, to fight the vicious militia.

"There is definitely something wrong that makes our military abandon their posts each time there is an attack from Boko Haram," Lawan griped to the BBC.

Boko Haram killed about 2,000 people in dozens of attacks throughout last year.

A young boy recounted to the AP the horror of watching his parents die during one of those incidents.

"I saw them kill my father, they slaughtered him like a ram," said 12-year-old Suleiman Dauda. "I don't know where my mother is,"

This attack represents what may be a significant increase in the insurgency's violence ahead of general elections in the coming months.

"This marks a disturbing and bloody escalation of Boko Haram's ongoing onslaught," Daniel Eyre, Nigeria researcher for Amnesty International, told the AP.

Many fear that those living in Boko Haram-controlled territory will be unable to cast ballots for the leaders of a country whose military has failed to protect them.

The militants are also responsible for last year's kidnapping of 219 Nigerian school girls.

Boko Haram Razes Villages, Kills Hundreds in Latest Assault
Boko Haram Razes Villages, Kills Hundreds in Latest Assault