>> Ten members of a university research team have been kidnapped in northeastern Nigeria, in a suspected attack by the Boko Haram jihadist group.
The research team from Maiduguri University's geology and surveying department had been prospecting for oil in Nigeria's restive Lake Chad Basin for more than a year. A spokesman for NNPC, the state oil corporation that contracted the work, said the team was abducted near Jibhi village in Borneo state, about 30 miles from Maiduguri.
The area has been besieged by an eight year Boko Haram campaign of terror. The group has killed at least 20,000 people, and forced 2.7 million to flee their homes. The group whose name loosely translates as western education is sinful, attained international notoriety in 2014, when it kidnapped 270 girls from their school in the town of Chibok.
Nigeria's government has repeatedly said Boko Haram is on the verge of defeat. And in May the NNCP said it would resume oil exploration on the heels of the improved security situation. But the last few months have seen renewed brutality. At least 62 people have killed in and around Maiduguri since early June.
And on June 26th, 7 suicide bombers targeted the University, 16 people died in total.