Airforce allegedly ‘accidentally’ bombs Borno village, scores of innocent citizens reported dead

Airforce allegedly ‘accidentally’ bombs Borno village, scores of innocent citizens reported dead

At least 17 people were said to have been reported killed when a fighter jet belonging to the Nigerian Airforce fired a bomb on Sakotoku village in Damboa local government area of Borno state.

According to reports by the residents, those killed in the Airforce attack included women and children.

Military forces confirmed that the Airforce was informed that Boko Haram insurgents were gathering around the village on Thursday afternoon.

The supposed target, according to a source, was an area in Korongilum; a neighbouring village 12 kilometres away where suspected Boko Haram insurgents had gathered earlier.

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“We don’t know if they didn’t communicate well with the land troops; as the air force jet fired that bomb on the village,” one of the sources said.

“Seventeen people were killed, mostly women and their children playing under mango trees. Many were also injured and have been taken to the 25 army brigade in Damboa; those with critical injuries were taken to Maiduguri.”

Some of the villagers whose houses were destroyed have found their way to Damboa.

In February, residents of Garkida, Adamawa state and Korongilum, Borno state, had alleged that Airforce fighter jets refused to open fire on suspected Boko Haram insurgents when they attacked their communities.

The Airforce spokesman, Ibikunle Daramola had told the press they could not engage the insurgents because the situation in Garkida was chaotic; and that they took the measure so they would not hit civilians.

In 2017, 126 civilians were killed in Rann, Borno state, in an accidental airstrike by the military.

When contacted about the incident in Sakotoku, Daramola said: “It’s a matter of operation” and the defence headquarters would be in a better position to speak on the matter.”

 

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