Nigerian Jet ‘Kills Civilians’ In Accidental Attack – Some hours ago, a A Nigerian air force jet accidentally killed and injured many civilians in Rann, in the north-east of the country a report the Nigerian military have confirmed.
The International aid agency MSF said that at over 50 people have been killed and a figure more than 100 injured in the incident. The report suggested that Aid workers were also among the casualties – the Red Cross says six of its workers are confirmed dead.
The said attack according to reports took place near Nigeria’s border with Cameroon where the army has been fighting Boko Haram militants.
According to Maj-Gen Lucky Irabor the Army spokesman said that the jet’s pilot mistakenly believed he was attacking Boko Haram insurgents. According to him, the mission had been ordered, based on intelligence about a gathering of Boko Haram fighters.
President Muhammadu Buhari the Nigerian President have already sent a message which expressed his dismay at the loss of life and pleading for calm.
The President will offer help to the government of Borno state “in attending to this regrettable operational mistake” this was said by the administration’s spokesman
‘Shocking and unacceptable’
According to MSF who said many of the casualties who were killed, were believed to be displaced people who had fled from areas where Boko Haram had carried out attacks initially.
According to The charity’s director of operations, Jean-Clement Cabrol, said: “This large-scale attack on vulnerable people who have already fled from extreme violence is shocking and unacceptable.”
According to the MSF spokesman Etienne l’Hermitte urged the Nigerian authorities to facilitate evacuations of those injured, by land and air.
“Our medical and surgical teams in Cameroon and Chad are ready to treat wounded patients. We are in close contact with our teams, who are in shock following the event,” he said.
Gen Rabe Abubakar, a spokesman for the Nigerian military, said that some “remnants” of Boko Haram had been detected outside Rann and the military had acted to eliminate them.
After the military realised its mistake, they were “all in pain”, he said.
“However, in a military operation such as this, from time to time these things do occur,” he added. “Even though it was highly regretful, it was never intended.”
Gen Lucky Irabor, who commands counter-insurgency operations in the north-east, said there would be an investigation.
According to the spokesman for the Nigerian president said the administration would offer help to the government of Borno state “in attending to this regrettable operational mistake”.