Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has claimed responsibility for the mass killings in the north-east Nigerian town of Baga and threatened more violence.
As many as 2,000 civilians were killed and 3,700 homes and business destroyed in the January 3 attack on the town, said Amnesty International.
The leader of Nigeria’s Islamic extremists took responsibility for the killings in a video posted on YouTube yesterday.
“We are the ones who fought the people of Baga, and we have killed them with such a killing as He [Allah] commanded us in his book,” Shekau says in Arabic.
The video shows weapons supposedly captured from a key military base at Baga.
“This is just the beginning of the killings. What you’ve just witnessed is a tip of the iceberg. More deaths are coming,” said Shekau in the local Hausa language.