A youth leader in the Shiroro community of Niger State which terrorists attacked on Thursday, has confirmed that the death toll has risen to 48 after some bodies were discovered by locals in the bushes.
The terrorists had attacked a mining facility in the Ajata Aboki village, Shiroro Local Government Area of the state where they killed a number of security operatives including soldiers, mobile police officers, civilians and also abducted about four Chinese workers at the plant.
A total of 40 persons were said to have been killed at the time.
The youth leader, Sani Kokki, who is the convener of Concerned Shiroro Youths of Niger State, in a statement on Sunday, however, disclosed that the death toll has risen to 48 with 34 soldiers and eight mobile police officers confirmed killed.
According to Kokki, the additional corpses discovered have increased the death figure to 48.
“That is the latest update — the number we arrived at after the dead bodies were discovered. The last person that made up the 48th number was discovered yesterday,” he said.
“The breakdown, according to local findings, is that 34 Nigerian soldiers and eight mobile policemen have died.
“We discovered the bodies of the additional eight mobile policemen yesterday evening in a nearby bush. About six civilians have been confirmed dead.
“When the incident happened on Wednesday afternoon, seven mobile policemen that were at the mining site providing security for the workers were instantly killed, including two other civilians.
“When the terrorists were going out of the village, they shot at heights and about four people died. Based on the information we gathered, six soldiers were confirmed dead.
“The next day in the morning, when the soldiers went to conduct search to confirm the number of casualties, about 23 soldiers were discovered dead. So, altogether, they were 34.