Nigerian Air Force mistakenly bombs civilians in Borno community
By Matthew ELOYI
A fighter jet operated by the Nigerian Air Force has mistakenly dropped a bomb on a community in the Lake Chad region in yet another costly glitch with military strike precisions.
According to reports, at least 20 people, said to be fishermen, were killed in the airstrike that occurred on Sunday in Kwatar Daban Masara.
Information about the tragedy had been slow to circulate due to obsolete communications infrastructure in the area.
Sources said the community was about 50 kilometres from Borno capital and Boko Haram heartland 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 and wounding many.
The Nigerian Air Force initially denied the report that it dropped a bomb on Buwari village as false, but later owned up and promised an investigation after Governor Mai Mala Buni publicly acknowledged the incident and commiserated with victims.