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The militant Islamic group Boko Haram is reported to have inflicted its deadliest massacre on Nigerian residents to date. According to Amnesty International, as many as 2,000 people may be dead after an attack on Baga, a town of 10,000, on Wednesday. A Nigerian government official tells BBC news the village is now "virtually nonexistent." It was burnt to the ground.   

According to the Congressional Research Service, more than 5,000 people have been killed in Boko Haram-related violence. The terrorist group desires to transform Nigeria into an Islamic state, and has wreaked absolute horror in the process. In April, the group kidnapped 276 school girls, because it felt the girls did not deserve an education. 

Meanwhile, the BBC reports, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned the terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo in Paris, but "he has not commented on the violence at home." 

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