According to the CNN and the Human Rights watch, Boko Haram militants opened fire on northern Nigerian villages, leaving bodies scattered everywhere and as many as 2,000 people feared dead. During the raid that started January 3, hundreds of gunmen seized the town of Baga and neighboring villages, as well as a multinational military base. Islamist militants sprayed bullets as they stormed in, driving trucks and armoured vehicles last weekend, local authorities said Friday. After they arrived, they unloaded motorcycles and pursued residents who fled into the bush, firing indiscriminately, said Baba Abba Hassan, a local district head. Local officials cited reports of death tolls between hundreds and as many as 2,000 people. "The attack on Baga and surrounding towns looks as if it could be Boko Haram's deadliest act," Human Rights Watch said in a statement.
"The Nigerian Union of South Africa (Nusa) has warned that attacks by Boko Haram will spread to other countries and that South Africa needs to assist the Nigerian government in fighting jihadist fundamentalists. Nusa's comments come after an escalation of attacks by Boko Haram in northern Nigeria. On Tuesday, Cameroonian forces killed 143 Boko Haram militants after they attacked a military base. Nusa spokesperson Colin Emeka says African leaders should take a leaf from their European counterparts after terrorists killed 17 people in Paris. "The whole world came out, even the western leaders. All the people had to come for a march, a solidarity march, but in this case African leaders, African nations are showing a nonchalant attitude towards what is happening."" source