Nigerian Air Strike Kills Dozens of Civilians in Borno

No fewer than twenty people said to be fishermen accidentally lost their lives in a Nigerian military strike on a jihadist camp in northeast Nigeria, two security sources and locals disclosed this on Monday.

A fighter jet operated by the Nigerian Air Force mistakenly dropped a bomb on a Nigerian community in the Lake Chad region.

The airstrike happened on Sunday in Kwatar Daban Masara about 50 kilometres from the Borno State capital, Maiduguri.

The attack came barely two weeks after the Nigerian military bombed a community in Yobe, also in Nigeria’s war-ravaged North-East, killing at least 12 people while many others were seriously injured.

The deaths come two months after the U.S. government transferred six A-29 Super Tucano fighter planes to Nigeria to assist in its war against Islamist militants. The sale of the aircraft was condemned by critics, citing the Nigerian military’s record of killing civilians.

Your Friends Also Read:  Fancy Acholonu officially Calls Off Engagement with Alex Ekubo

An eyewitness, Husaini said “Two planes bombed a fish market in the village of Daban Masara on Sunday, “At least 50 people were killed instantly including my friend who got married just three weeks ago,” Husaini said.

The other resident confirmed that people had been fishing despite a military ban on the trade because of allegations the sales of fish are funding the Islamic State West Africa Province insurgent group. “They are innocent people like us that depend on fishing to sustain their living. Their mistake is that they were fishing in an area restricted by security forces,”

The intelligence source who works with the anti-jihadist militia in the region said the strike was based on “credible information” of a gathering of ISWAP fighters in the village since Wednesday.

Your Friends Also Read:  Gunmen Attack Kaduna Hospital,Kidnap Two Nurses On Duty

He said aerial surveillance and reports from other sources revealed terrorists were amassing in Kwatar Daban Masara and it was obvious they were planning an attack, the source said.

A United Nations security report confirmed the strike, saying one fisherman was killed and six wounded

It is not clear whether the killings could affect the transfer to Nigeria of six more A-29 Super Tucanos, propeller-driven light attack aircraft.

The United States under then-President Donald Trump agreed to sell the planes to Nigeria in 2017, resurrecting a deal frozen by the Barack Obama administration after the Nigerian Air Force bombed a refugee camp, killing as many as 170 civilians.


All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from News Central TV.

Contact: digital@newscentral.ng

Total
0
Shares
Previous Article

Late NAFDAC DG Dora Akunyili’s Husband Dr. Chike Killed By Gunmen in Anambra

Next Article

World Heart Day 2021: Heart Diseases Claim 18.6m Lives Yearly

Related Posts

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.