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Over 50 Innocent Nigerians accidentally killed by Nigerian Military Airstrike targeting Boko Haram in Borno

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Once again, Boko Haram has caused the death of innocent Nigerians, though, this time, the Nigerian Military is to blame.

Over 50 people have been killed and 120 others wounded when the Nigerian military accidentally bombed a refugee camp in the Nigeria’s northeast.

The incident took place today, Tuesday 17th January 2017 at 9am in Rann, Borno state which is considered as one of Boko Haram’s strongholds.

The strike took place as aid workers distributed food to civilians.

Nigeria’s air force said a fighter jet was on a mission against the group’s fighters when it accidentally struck the camp and killed an unknown number of refugees and aid workers.

Aid organizations Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) were working at the camp when it was hit. The ICRC has revealed that its team members are amongst the dead and injured.


Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, disclosed this during a press briefing on Tuesday in Maiduguri.

“This morning, we received a report about the gathering of Boko Haram terrorists around Kala Balge area of Maiduguri.

I coordinated and I directed that the air component of the operation should go and address the problem. “Unfortunately, the strike was conducted but it turned out that other civilians were somewhere around the area and they were affected.

So far, it is a little bit disturbing; death has occurred. There are casualties; there were deaths and injuries but on the actual number of casualties, we would get back to you later.

“I am yet to get the number of casualties of civilians killed, but two soldiers were also affected. “Some humanitarian staff of Medicines Sans Frontiers and some staff of International Committee of Red Cross(ICRC) were also affected. “We are sending helicopters to evacuate those that were critically wounded, including our wounded soldiers.”

 

8 Comments

  1. sea

    January 17, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    oh no!!! this is not good?

  2. NG

    January 17, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Terrible!
    May God comfort innocent souls not sent into mourning.

    Does it then mean the insurgents still have appreciable presence in the region contrary to the news we have been fed all these while? Or what do you say to a pilot seeing a body of humans and presuming they are terrorists if not that they know these vermin’s are still in large numbers in the area?
    Only God can help Nigeria.

  3. Sevenade

    January 17, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Haba…… this is the height of unprofessionalism. They are not properly fed, and now they are being bombed. What’s this?

  4. demash

    January 17, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    “Boko Haram has been technically defeated”, bloody liars. The chicken is coming home to roost for this Government, stop this propaganda and get to work. This is the worst Government ever!!!RIP to the dead.

  5. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    January 17, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Accidentally bombed them my ass. What a flimsy excuse. This is what a quiet fix approach has landed The Nigerian Air Force and the Country at large. Nigeria needs a Military that is not afraid to engage any enemy of the Country on a man to man basis instead of a military that’s always looking for a quick fix to every situation. This is another reason why we pleaded with the American government, British government and other governments last year not to sell any ammunitions to the government of Nigeria and it’s Military. The American government, Britain government and other governments listened but others refused to listen. This is what your bloody ammunitions has caused. The lives of Fifty innocent Nigerians. Their bloods is in your hands. A special message to the Nigerian government. Every Nigerians want this dastardly acts to be investigated immediately and all involved be Court Martial regardless of their position within the Military. Secondly, Damages be paid to the loved ones of these dearly departed. Thirdly, Incident of today has brought about this question. Who is more dangerous to the lives and properties of Nigerians? Boko Haram of the Nigerian Air Force? Answer. They managed to survive Boko Haram. Only to be killed by their own Military. I see not difference. A word is enough for the wise. I ‘ m just saying.

  6. Jess

    January 17, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    What if this was not an accident?has Boko Haram infiltrated the Nigerian Army? Who gave the Intel that Boko Haram is conveniently near a refugee camp? Does that person know that such Intel could lead to such command? Who is responsible for this “mistake” was it actually a mistake or a preconceived act? Something in my spirit tells me there is more to this story than meets the eye.

  7. Fact teller

    January 17, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    This people have bombed Christians codedly, most of the people working there are Christians and the red cross people are Christians. this is a war people. Christians should vacate the north

  8. Mahka

    January 18, 2017 at 10:26 am

    We keep looking stupid to the international community, whoever ordered that air strike should be sacked.

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