More than 50 people were killed in Boko Haram’s attack on an oil mission in northeastern Nigeria on Tuesday, medical and humanitarian sources told AFP.
“The record is getting worse,” said a source implicated in the aftermath of the ambush led by Magumeri, adding: “We now have more than 50 and new corps arrive.”
The circumstances of the ambush by the jihadist group against the guards and a team from the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC), accompanied by geologists from Maiduguri University, returning from an exploration mission, are not Due to the strict control of the army over access to Borno State, the epicenter of Boko Haram’s violence.
Initial elements initially led to an attempt to kidnap.
But a rescuer at Magumeri, 50 km northwest of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, said that “at 7:00 pm (6:00 pm GMT) yesterday (Wednesday), 47 bodies were found in the bush Around Magumeri”.
“Tonight (Thursday), we found six new corps, one of which was a soldier, and it could be that we find a lot more because the rescue teams search around everywhere,” he added.
At the University Hospital of Maiduguri (UMTH), a medical officer said: “We have 19 bodies of civilians at the moment. Fifteen of them were vigils (civilian militia, editor’s note) and four Part of the staff of the hospital”.
A teacher trade unionist from the University of Maiduguri, Dani Mamman, confirmed to AFP the presence of the four bodies and specified that two of them were teachers.
“We still have other missing personnel,” he added.
Oil production in Nigeria has been concentrated in the Niger Delta (south) since its discovery in commercial quantities in 1956.
But the repeated attacks and sabotage of local rebels claiming a better sharing of resources have pushed the government to prospect elsewhere.
Explorations were launched on a territory ranging from the state of Benue (center) to the northeast where Boko Haram is rampant.