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>> I want to call on the entire media community to help us to support, this our cry, so that we will be rescued alive.>> Just some of the members of an oil exploration team that were kidnapped by Boko Haram on Tuesday. The militant group has released the video of three of the researchers apparently unharmed.
In exchange of their freedom, one of them ask the government to reduce the use of force against the Jihadi group. Amongst those captured, a university staff, and employees from Nigeria's state oil firm. At least 37 members of the team and their rescuers on Wednesday were killed, when they tried to ambush Boko Haram.
The researchers from Maiduguri University have been prospecting for oil in Nigeria's Lake Chad Basin for over a year. Boko Haram have their own plans for the area. They're fighting to create an Islamic State there. The group has killed at least 20,000 people and forced over 2 million people to flee their homes since 2009.
The government hopes a change in tactic with the way it deals with Boko Haram will help it regain control of the area once again.