IDP camp bombing: Death toll could be as many as 170 — MSF

IDP bomb blast

Medicine Sans Frontier, MSF, has said “consistent reports” from residents and community leaders indicated that as many as 170 persons may have died from the bombing of the Rann IDP camp in Borno state by a Nigerian Air Force jet.

The official figure of the casualties as at Thursday evening was 54 death, after two of those under treatment in hospitals in Maiduguri were confirmed to have died.

The international humanitarian group in a statement on Friday however said the toll “may have risen to about 90 deaths” from official accounts.

Quoting Bruno Jochum, the MSF General Director, the statement said the international aid agency said it would be investigating the claims by unofficial sources, as the victims of the “horrifying” incident deserve a transparent account of what took place in Rann.

It was reported on Tuesday that as many as 54 persons had died and 120 others clinically injured after the air force jet missed its coordinate.

The full statement of MSF reads:

“The death toll continues to rise following the horrific military attack on civilians in Rann, Nigeria, according to latest estimates by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Around 90 people were killed when a Nigerian airforce plane circled twice and dropped two bombs in the middle of the town of Rann, which hosts thousands of internally displaced people. At the time of the attack, an aid distribution was taking place. The majority of the victims were women and children.

“Outside of what MSF teams have witnessed, consistent reports from residents and community leaders say as many as 170 people were killed.

“This figure needs to be confirmed. The victims of this horrifying event deserve a transparent account of what happened and the circumstances in which this attack took place. Many of the survivors will need long-term care and support for the future,” says Bruno Jochum, MSF General Director. “People had sought safety in what they thought was a protected site – instead they were bombed by those who were meant to safeguard them.”

“The tragedy in Rann too clearly illustrates the dire situation in Borno State, where extremely vulnerable people remain trapped in a cycle of daily violence between the Nigerian military and Boko Haram. This intense violence has led to the displacement of nearly three million people over the past few years, who are still in urgent need of protection and assistance.

“The population continues to pay the price of a merciless conflict, where the war between Boko Haram and Nigerian military too often disregards the safety of civilians,” says Jochum. “The people of Borno should be entitled to guarantees of protection and assistance. All parties to the conflict must ensure the safety of civilians, and we urge the Government of Nigeria to ensure the protection of its people.”

“MSF first started working in Nigeria in ​1996 and is one of the few organizations still able to operate in hard-to-reach areas of the country”.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, is said to be on his way to Rann today. The army chief is expected to fly to Rann alongside some top army officials and selected journalists.

Buratai was among the Federal government delegation that visited Maiduguri on Wednesday. He stayed back in Maiduguri when his colleagues, the Chief of Defense Staff and the Chief of Air Staff returned to Abuja with officials of the Buhari administration.


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  • AryLoyds

    I said it that this government is hiding the the real casualties just like in southern kaduna. Only God will save and fight for the weak and helpless in the north east.

  • emmanuel

    Funny country. Nigeria is so useless and I wonder how long we can continue to pretend to ourselves. Just because of the love to continue to enjoy free wealth of a few regions we all decide to remain one country when we know how divided we all are. Just imagine a simple case of counting dead bodies becomes what Nigeria can not do in 2017 i.e., over 2,000 years that Arithmetic was discovered by the Greek.

    — Sahara Reporters says 200 dead.
    — APC media organ and government sympathizer which pretends to be impartial (Premium Times) says only 52 dead
    — MSM says 170+
    — Eye witnesses and IDP residents say 200+

    So which of the above is correct? Do we have to hire experts from Australia (As Minister of Mines – Dr Fayemi has done by hiring Australians to prospect for and mine Solid Minerals)? This is sickening! If we can’t count dead bodies how can CBN and/or Finance Minister count our money and ascertain our foreign reserves, debts etc? I hope Nigerians can now see the effect of having a man with F9 in Maths and no Certificate in charge of a country’s economy.

  • Otile

    Thank God MSF people were there to count bodies. At first the deceiving government insisted that only 2 refugees died in the tragic camp bombing. Who knows what this government has to gain by hiding the actual figure of those who perished in the refugee camp bombing. The Christian people of Rann whose camp was bombed must take heart and move on and hope that such doesn’t happen in their town again.

  • Sword of Damocles

    PT should be careful o, this might cause the administration to strafe their HQ for publishing such news. How dare PT publish such unpatriotic news? Right? to publish news that paints the administration in a critical light is unpatriotic no be so? One last question for all proud black men: if the largest congregation of black people that our Creator put on this Earth CANNOT get their act together IN ANY SENSE/RAMIFICATION of the term “getting one’s act together”, what hope does the black race have on planet earth(where we are universally DESPISED, sometimes by ourselves/self-loathing). This what our CURSED/SATANIC ruling elites never think about while they are there playing big-man & stealing. Think about it, which country(raised, nurtured, and controlled by blacks is doing well), don’t you mention SA, that is not the contraption of black people. The question that must be asked is why can we(black people ) run our affairs properly? Emotional answers will only worsen the problem.

  • Adele Uhuru

    Why do you think the coward in chief ran off to UK?