Bad all over

Without minimizing what’s happening in France, let’s also note that Boko Haram may have just killed 2000 people in a sustained assault on the northeast Nigerian town of Baga:

It’s not clear how many people were killed in Baga. Early reports on Thursday said hundreds. Others said it was many more. Musa Alhaji Bukar, a senior government official in Borno, said Boko Haram killed more than 2,000 people which, if true, would mean the group equaled its total kill count last year in one attack. More were said to have drowned in Lake Chad while attempting to swim to a nearby island. Some estimates said more than 20,000 people are now displaced as a result of what one reporter called Boko Haram’s “most horrific act of terrorism yet.”

Baga, local government officials say, is simply no more. It’s “virtually non-existent,” Bukar told the BBC. One man who escaped with his family told Agence France-Presse he had to navigate through “many dead bodies on the ground” and that the “whole town was on fire.” Another man told Reuters he “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 added: Bodies were “littered on the streets and surrounding bushes.”

Two thousand people. It’s almost staggering. It should be staggering. The fact that it’s actually not all that staggering is itself staggering.

The takeover or destruction of Baga consolidates Boko Haram’s control over Nigeria’s Borno Province and further illustrates the degree to which this group, in particular amongst the various Islamist/Jihadist groups around the world, really revels in slaughtering and immiserating as many people as it possibly can.

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