In this Thursday Nov. 27, 2014 photo, children displaced after attacks by Boko Haram, play in the camp of internal displaced people, in Yola, Nigeria. Seven children have been reunited with parents lost in the chaos of attacks in Nigeria's northeastern Islamic insurgency but hundreds more remain alone, officials say of youngsters who have no idea if their families are alive or dead. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
In this Thursday Nov. 27, 2014 photo, children displaced after attacks by Boko Haram, play in the camp of internal displaced people, in Yola, Nigeria. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Faith Karimi and Amina Abubakar, CNN

 
KANO, Nigeria (CNN)—The attackers sped into a Nigerian town with grenade launchers — their gunfire and explosions shattering the early morning calm.

As terrified residents scattered into bushes in Baga town and surrounding villages, the gunmen unloaded motorcycles from their trucks and followed in hot pursuit.

Residents hid under scant brush. Bullets pierced through them.

Some sought refuge in their homes. They were burned alive.

Many who tried to cross into neighboring Chad drowned while trying to swim through Lake Chad.

By the time the weapons went quiet, local officials reported death tolls ranging from hundreds to as many as 2,000 people.

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