The insurgent group in Nigeria, Boko Haram has destroyed around 16 towns and villages in a major attack. The attack came in just when the President Goodluck Jonathan kicked off his campaign for re-election.
For years, the Boko Haram militants have been opposing the western influence in Nigeria which has led to many barbaric assaults on the native population. The recent attacks have an estimated death toll of more than 2000. The militants captured the town of Baga in Borno state for the second time in a week, forcing at least 20,000 people to flee. Two locals reported that the militants started shooting indiscriminately and burnt down the houses and other settlements. A senior government official told that petrol bombs and explosives were used in the attack.
The officials also confirmed that 560 villagers had been stranded on an island on Lake Chad since Boko Haram first attacked. The conditions there are very bad as there is no food and deadly diseases are prevalent because of abundance of mosquitoes. As the election are closing in the government is working under pressure and is drafting a bill is to allow those in refugee camps inside Nigeria to participate in the electoral process.