Nigerian Air Force Bombs Cvilian’s Settlement in Borno . A fighter jet fully owned and operated by the Nigerian Air Force has mistakenly dropped a bomb on a community with civilian inhabitants in the Lake Chad region, In a report made by the AFP on Tuesday, it was referred to as another costly glitch with military strike precisions.
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Up to 20 people are feared dead which are mostly Peasant farmers and fishermen. They met their unfortunate and untimely end in the airstrike that occurred on Sunday in Kwatar Daban Masara, the French news channel reported on the early hours of Tuesday saying information about the tragedy had been slow to circulate due to obsolete communications infrastructure in the area.
Locals said the community was about 50 kilometres from Borno capital and Boko Haram heartland Maiduguri.
The attack came barely two weeks after a similar unfortunate incident had occurred in a Yobe community where the Nigerian military bombed a Nigeria’s war-ravaged North-East, killing at least 12 people and leaving many injured.
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However, The Nigerian Air Force initially denied the report that it dropped a bomb on Buwari village and tagged it as false, but later owned up to their actions and promised an investigation after Governor Mai Mala Buni publicly acknowledged the incident and commiserated with family of the victims.
A spokesman for the Nigerian Air Force did not immediately return a request seeking comments from Latestngnews about the attack on Tuesday morning.
The Nigerian military has been conducting air raids across the region since 2009 when Boko Haram insurgents launched attacks against the state. In 2017, an air force pilot dropped a bomb on a village in Rann, Borno, killing dozens of civilians.
The military apologized and promised a thorough investigation but did not make its findings public four years on.