Nigerian Air Force Hunting Boko Haram Mistakenly Bomb Refugee Camp In Borno State
The Nigerian air force has accidentally bombed a refugee camp whilst hunting for Islamist militant group Boko Haram. It’s understood that the strike took place on Tuesday morning at Kala Balge local government in Borno state.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari confirmed the incident on Twitter.
I received with regret news that the Air Force,working to mop up BH insurgents, accidentally bombed a civilian community in Rann,Borno State
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) January 17, 2017
General Lucky Irabor, regional military commander said:
“Somehow, some civilians were killed. We are yet to ascertain the number of persons killed in the air strike,” Irabor told reporters in the northeastern city of Maiduguri.
“Many civilians including personnel of International Committee of the Red Cross and Medicins Sans Frontieres were wounded”.
He also added that the air force had acted on information that Boko Haram militants were in the area.
According to CNN, the death toll has hit 52 innocent people while about 120 more are badly injured.