150 killed in Boko Haram attack, not 2000
The Nigerian government has maintained that up to 150 people had been killed during last week’s Boko Haram-led attack, after various earlier reports had put the death toll at over 2000.
"Without any doubt, terrible atrocities have been committed against innocent Nigerians in Baga by the rampaging terrorists," the defence ministry said in a statement.
“But the higher death tolls being reported were the result of "speculations and conjectures ... peddled by a section of the press", the ministry added.
Local officials have said that since last Thursday, the militant Sunni Islamist group has attacked and destroyed more than a dozen villages in the north-east of Nigeria.
Amnesty International has described the attacks as being “the worst terrorist action” within Nigeria.
Belgian police have confirmed that it has killed at least two people with suspected terrorist links following a shootout in the town of Verviers.
French police are investigating the scene of a robbery at a petrol station in the north of country, reportedly committed by the two gunmen responsible for the attack on the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine yesterday, in which 12 people were killed.
Well-known local cartoonist Johnathan Shapiro, otherwise known as Zapiro, has described the attack on French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, as “worst attack on journalism, satirists, the press, and all free thinkers in society that we have seen in recent times”.
The South African Government joins the international community in condemning the calculated and barbaric terrorist attack on 7 January 2015, against journalists and members of the public in Paris, France, which is reported to have claimed the lives of at least 12 individuals.
French police have identified the two men responsible for killing 12 people, including two police men as well as the editor and three cartoonists, during the shootout yesterday morning at the office of Paris-based satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo.
The lawyer for French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, has reportedly confirmed the deaths of editor-in-chief Stephane Charbonnier as well as cartoonist Jean Cabut, Bernhard Verlhac and Georges Wollinski in a suspected terror attack at the publication’s office in Paris.
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