Fatal Mistake: Military Accidentally Bombs Borno IDPs Camp

January 17, 2017

By Dipo Olowookere

On Tuesday, dozens of civilians were feared killed during an airstrike by military troops on targeted Boko Haram location in the eastern part of Borno State.

Confirming this unfortunate incident to newsmen in Maiduguri, Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen Lucky Irabor, noted that the military conducted airstrike on a location where Boko Haram were reported to have gathered.

He said, “We got information that Boko Haram terrorists were gathering somewhere in Kala Balge Local Government.

“We coordinate our air component and strike the location but somehow, some civilians were killed.”

Gen Irabor disclosed that some civilians and two humanitarian workers from the International Committee on Red Cross (ICRC) and Medicine Sans Frontiers (MSF) were wounded in the incident which he described as disturbing.

“Two of our soldiers were also wounded,” he added.

He said the military has already sent helicopter to evacuate the wounded persons.

However, he could not comment on whether or not the incident was a tactical error by the military. He said it was rather the cost of war, urging the people to work together to ensure peace return to the troubled northeast states.

The army officer said the military will investigate the cause of the problem.

“It is too early for us to determine whether it was an error or not. We have at no time targeted the civilians whenever we carried out our operations and wherever they are gathered,” he maintained.

He said the military was yet to ascertain the number of persons killed in the airstrike, adding that the death of innocent person in the course of operation was rather disturbing to the military authority and the institution.

Dipo Olowookere

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan.

Mr Olowookere can be reached via [email protected]

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