Air Force Mistakenly Bombs Civilians
Nigerian military jet has mistakenly fired civilians while it was supposed to be targeting armed gangs at residents of the northwest Nigerian state of Katsina.
One person was killed and an unspecified number of other people are being treated in a hospital.
However, the news comes a day after gunmen attacked the advance security team of President Muhammadu Buhari, who was due to travel to the state to celebrate the festival of Eid this weekend.
Also, the Nigerian military has not yet commentated on the alleged attack on civilians.
An earlier statement has indicated that the aircraft had attacked two camps where those it described as “terrorists”’ were hiding near some villages in the same area.
In the past years, there have been several cases of Nigerian military aircraft mistakenly hitting civilians during their operations against members of armed groups who normally hide in civilian areas.
The most disgrace was the killing of more than 100 civilians and aid workers at a camp for displaced people near the border with Cameroon in 2017.