UNITED NATIONS, January 13 (Sputnik) — The United Nations deplores Boko Haram’s attacks on civilians in the Nigerian town of Baga and calls on the country’s authorities to restore order and investigate the recent mass killings, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said Tuesday.
“The deliberate targeting of civilians is clearly prohibited by international law and we are very concerned at reports that there were children and elderly people among the victims,” she added.
Amnesty International has estimated that some 2,000 people were killed by Boko Haram in the town of Baga on Saturday, calling it the "deadliest massacre" in the history of the extremist group. The Nigerian government, in turn, has countered with the figure of 150.
The spokesperson urged Nigerian authorities to urgently restore law and order and “redouble their efforts to create conditions for an effective investigation into the incidents, with a view to establishing the facts surrounding the killings and holding the perpetrators accountable.”
Boko Haram has in recent weeks carried out several brutal attacks in Nigeria’s northeastern regions, forcing thousands of people to flee. The group, whose name translates as “western education is forbidden”, seeks to establish an Islamic state and impose strict Sharia law in the region.