Many feared dead as Nigerian military ‘mistakenly’ drops bomb on Borno settlement
Many feared dead as Nigerian Army drops bomb on Borno settlement
Many people are feared dead after a Nigerian military plane mistakenly dropped a bomb on a residential area in Borno State on Tuesday.
The bomb was reported to have dropped in Kala-balge Local Government Area, largely occupied by civilians.
Spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General, Rabe Abubakar, confirmed the incident.
According to Abubakar the Army got information of movement of Boko Haram members in the region and deployed ground troops and air cover to tackle the terrorists.
“It was the air support that mistakenly dropped the bomb,” he said.
Abubakar stated that the incident did not occur in an Internally Displaced Persons’ camp, as being reported by in some quarters but a settlement said to be occupied by civilians.
At least two people are feared dead, with about a hundred injured, Premium Times reports.
However, authorities are yet to ascertain the number of people affected.
Meanwhile the International Red Cross has arrived the scene with a helicopter to evacuate the wounded to the various hospitals.
The Theatre Commander of Nigerian forces in Borno, major general, Lucky Irabor, has also confirmed the attack.
Major General, Irabor in a statement confirmed the attack saying; “This morning today, we received reports about gathering of Boko Haram terrorists somewhere in Kala Balge Local Government area of Borno State. We got a coordinate and I directed that the air should go to address the problem.
“Unfortunately the strike was conducted but it turned out that the locals somewhere in Rann were affected.
“We are yet to get the details of the casualties. But we have some civilians that have been killed, others are wounded and we also have two of our soldiers that were also wounded. Among some that are wounded are local staffs of the Medicine Sans Frontiers as well as ICRC,” he said.
The incident comes a day after the Nigerian Air Force announced that it has destroyed several Boko Haram terrorist camps located, Northern Borno state, Northeast Nigeria.
The Nigerian Army in 2016 dislodged the militants of their entire strongholds, arresting thousands of its members.
However a number of the militants are still at large including the leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau who has disputed claims of their defeat by the Nigerian Army.
The sect on Monday carried out an attack in the University of Maiduguri, Borno State, killing about four people.