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Rights group says satellite images show devastation in Nigerian towns attacked by militants

  • This Satellite image taken on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 and released by Amnesty International of the village of Doron Baga in north-eastern Nigeria, shows before it was allegedly attacked by members of the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. Satellite images showing widespread destruction in two Nigerian towns that were recently attacked by Islamic extremists, were released Thursday Jan. 15 by an  international human rights group  Amnesty International released detailed images of Baga and Doron Baga, taken before and after the attack earlier this month, that show more than 3,700 structures were damaged or completely destroyed. The images were taken Jan. 2 and Jan. 7, Amnesty International said. Boko Haram fighters seized a military base in Baga on Jan. 3 and, according to witnesses, killed hundreds civilians in the ensuing days. (AP Photo/ Micah Farfour, DigitalGlobe via Amnesty International)

    This Satellite image taken on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 and released by Amnesty International of the village of Doron Baga in north-eastern Nigeria, shows before it was allegedly attacked by members of the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. Satellite images showing widespread destruction in two Nigerian towns that were recently attacked by Islamic extremists, were released Thursday Jan. 15 by an international human rights group Amnesty International released detailed images of Baga and Doron Baga, taken before and after the attack earlier this month, that show more than 3,700 structures were damaged or completely destroyed. The images were taken Jan. 2 and Jan. 7, Amnesty International said. Boko Haram fighters seized a military base in Baga on Jan. 3 and, according to witnesses, killed hundreds civilians in the ensuing days. (AP Photo/ Micah Farfour, DigitalGlobe via Amnesty International)  (The Associated Press)

  • This Satellite image taken on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015  and released by Amnesty International of the village of Doron Baga in north-eastern Nigeria, shows after it was allegedly attacked by members of the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. Satellite images showing widespread destruction in two Nigerian towns that were recently attacked by Islamic extremists, were released Thursday Jan. 15 by an  international human rights group  Amnesty International released detailed images of Baga and Doron Baga, taken before and after the attack earlier this month, that show more than 3,700 structures were damaged or completely destroyed. The images were taken Jan. 2 and Jan. 7, Amnesty International said. Boko Haram fighters seized a military base in Baga on Jan. 3 and, according to witnesses, killed hundreds civilians in the ensuing days. (AP Photo/ Micah Farfour, DigitalGlobe via Amnesty International)

    This Satellite image taken on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 and released by Amnesty International of the village of Doron Baga in north-eastern Nigeria, shows after it was allegedly attacked by members of the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. Satellite images showing widespread destruction in two Nigerian towns that were recently attacked by Islamic extremists, were released Thursday Jan. 15 by an international human rights group Amnesty International released detailed images of Baga and Doron Baga, taken before and after the attack earlier this month, that show more than 3,700 structures were damaged or completely destroyed. The images were taken Jan. 2 and Jan. 7, Amnesty International said. Boko Haram fighters seized a military base in Baga on Jan. 3 and, according to witnesses, killed hundreds civilians in the ensuing days. (AP Photo/ Micah Farfour, DigitalGlobe via Amnesty International)  (The Associated Press)

An international human rights group says satellite images show widespread destruction in two Nigerian towns that were recently attacked by Islamic extremists.

Amnesty International said Wednesday that the detailed images of Baga and Doron Baga, taken before and after the attack earlier this month, show that more than 3,700 structures were damaged or completely destroyed.

Amnesty says the images were taken Jan. 2 and Jan. 7. Boko Haram fighters seized a military base in Baga on Jan. 3 and, according to witnesses, killed numerous civilians in the ensuing days.

The Nigerian military cites a figure of 150 dead, including slain militants. Amnesty International says interviews with witnesses and others suggest hundreds of civilians were shot; last week, the human rights group noted reports of as many as 2,000 dead.