Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed Air Force mistakenly bombed an IDP inBorno. Hundreds of persons are said to be injured with at least 50 people confirmed dead. 6 Red Cross workers are part of the victims
The IDP Camp in Kala-balge Local Government Area caters for thousands of persons displaced by Boko Haram.
The president wrote in series of tweets on Tuesday, “I received with regret news that the Air Force,working to mop up BH insurgents, accidentally bombed a civilian community in Rann,Borno State.
I sympathize with the families of the dead, and with the injured, and the Government and people of Borno State. The Federal Government will fully support the Borno State Government in dealing with the situation and attending to the victims.”
The Theatre Commander of Nigerian forces in Borno, Lucky Irabor, a major general, also confirmed the attack at a press conference.
“This morning today, we received reports about gathering of Boko Haram terrorists somewhere in Kala Balge Local Government area of Borno State. We got a coordinate and I directed that the air should go to address the problem.
“Unfortunately the strike was conducted but it turned out that the locals somewhere in Rann were affected.
“We are yet to get the details of the casualties. But we have some civilians that have been killed, others are wounded and we also have two of our soldiers that were also wounded. Among some that are wounded are local staffs of the Medicine Sans Frontiers as well as ICRC,” he said.