Nigerian lawmakers on Wednesday called for a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate the massacre of about 200 civilians at Baga, a commercial border town in the northeast near Chad and Niger.
The victims died in the weekend crossfire between Nigerian government security forcesand the Boko Haram Islamic terrorist group in Baga bordering Lake Chad.
Over the weekend, a fierce battle in Baga, Nigeria between security forces and Islamic terrorists left at least 200 Nigerians dead in that nation’s northeast coastal region, an Israeli terrorism analyst who monitors jihad in Africa said on Sunday.
The source said that the terrorists initiated the attack with rocket-propelled grenades andsoldiers retaliated with intense machine-gun fire in Nigerian neighborhoods and many of the casualties were civilians.
The fighting in Baga forced civilians to flee into the surrounding community adjacent toLake Chad.
On Sunday, government officials were able to view the destruction firsthand, and their inspection revealed homes, small business establishments, and automobiles and trucks were torched as a result of the intense battle.
This particular assault caused Nigerian officials to officially acknowledge that the war againstNigerian Islamists is becoming increasingly violent and shows no end in sight.
The terrorists living in the northeast part of Nigeria, including Baga, are said to be armed with military-grade weapons.
The Islamic jihad in Nigeria started as a riot in 2009 by members of an Islamist group known asBoko Haram. That first encounter turned into a full-blown gun-fight between Boko Haram and its supporters and the police and the military.
Since 2010, Islamists have perpetrated drive-by shootings and suicide bombings that have killed 1,548 people. Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sacrilege” in Nigeria’s north, has said it wants its imprisoned Islamists released and for the current Nigerian government to institute Sharia law throughout the nation.