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Doro Baga (AKA: Doro Gowon) 2 Jan 2015
An overhead view of the village of Doro Baga is in northeastern Nigeria on Jan. 2, 2015, before the attack. (This shows an example of the densely packed structures and tree cover before the attack.)Micah Farfour—DigitalGlobe
Doro Baga (AKA: Doro Gowon) 2 Jan 2015
Doro Baga ( AKA: Doro Gowon) 7 Jan 2015
Baga after Boko Haram attack 7/1/15
Baga Satelitte Image, 7/1/15
Boats on shore of Lake Chad - before and after
Doro Baga Satellite view on 2 Jan 2015 and 7 Jan 2015
Baga, North Eastern Nigeria Satellite view on 2 Jan 2015 and 7 Jan 2015
Baga, North Eastern Nigeria, Satellite view on 7 Jan 2015
An overhead view of the village of Doro Baga is in northeastern Nigeria on Jan. 2, 2015, before the attack. (This shows
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Micah Farfour—DigitalGlobe
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Satellite Images Show Nigerian Town 'Almost Wiped Off the Map' After Boko Haram Attack

Jan 15, 2015

A new set of before and after satellite images released by Amnesty International shows two towns in Nigeria's restive northeast were hit hard by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram in a days-long attack earlier this month.

Images provided by DigitalGlobe from Jan. 2 show Baga and Doron Baga before the assault. Ones from Jan. 7 then show, according to the international watchdog, that more than 3,700 buildings in both towns had been damaged or destroyed by fire since the pictures five days before. (Healthy vegetation is shown in red; and destroyed buildings are in yellow.)

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"These detailed images show devastation of catastrophic proportions in two towns, one of which was almost wiped off the map in the space of four days,” said Daniel Eyre, an Amnesty researcher on Nigeria. "Of all Boko Haram assaults analyzed by Amnesty International, this is the largest and most destructive yet."

The death toll remains unclear, hovering between 150 and up to 2,000. An uptick in attacks by Boko Haram has cast a shadow over the country's elections planned for next month.

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