There are indications that as many as 236 people may have been killed in the botched Nigerian air strike against militants that hit a camp in Rann, a small town close to the Cameroon border where some 20,000 to 40,000 people had sought refuge from the unrest. If confirmed this claim by a local official said on Saturday is significantly higher than 170 deaths estimate given by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Friday. MSF said most of the victims were women and children.
At least six Red Cross volunteers were among the dead with another 13 injured.
However Babagana Malarima, president of the local Kala-Balge government in Borno State where the strike took place, claimed the death toll is much higher.
“From what the people who buried the dead victims with their hands told me, not those who treated the wounded, they buried 234 dead. And I later got a report that two of the injured taken to Maiduguri died.” said Malarima on Saturday.
At least 20,000 have been killed and more than 2.6 million made homeless since militants’ campaign began in 2009.