At least 60 people were killed after a recent attack by the Boko Haram sect on Rann, a border town in Borno State on Monday.
This was confirmed by the Amnesty International in a statement on Friday, the organisation also analysed satellite imagery which showed hundreds of burned structures in the town.
According to it, many of the destroyed structures only date back to 2017, suggesting they were shelters for Internally Displaced People (IDPs) who came to Rann seeking protection.
“We have now confirmed that this week’s attack on Rann was the deadliest yet by Boko Haram, killing at least 60 people,” said Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria.
“Using satellite imagery, we have also been able to confirm the mass burning of structures as Boko Haram unleashed a massive assault on Rann, most of which is now destroyed.”
Ojigho added, “This attack on civilians who have already been displaced by the bloody conflict may amount to possible war crime, and those responsible must be brought to justice.
“Disturbingly, witnesses told us that Nigerian soldiers abandoned their posts the day before the attack, demonstrating the authorities’ utter failure to protect civilians.”
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army confirmed that the town was attacked, although it did not state the number of casualties.
It said troops “repelled” the attack while calm has been restored in the town.