A Nigerian warplane erroneously bombed a refugee camp in Borno State on Tuesday. The jet was on a mission of clearing the area of Boko Haram insurgents. The mishap took lives of estimated 100 civilians.
Nigeria: Fighter Jet Kills Civilians
An official from Borno State said that over 100 people were killed. Among the victims, there were refugees and humanitarian aid workers. The accidental bombing killed 20 aid workers from International Committee of the Red Cross according to local sources.
Furthermore, the misfire killed members of Medicines Sans Frontiers/Doctors Without Borders. An official from MSF told reporters that 50 workers, belonging to the organization, lost their lives. The official also confirmed that the misfortune wounded almost 120 workers.
Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Leo Irabor, confirmed the mishap, Sahara Reporters said. “So far, it is a little bit disturbing; death has occurred,” he said.”There are casualties; there were deaths and injuries.”
Irabor stated that during the morning of the mishap, Boko Haram terrorists were reportedly convening. They received information that terrorists surrounded the Kala Balge area of Maiduguri. In addition, Irabor stated that he coordinated and directed the air component of the operation to take care of the problem.
He emphasized that it was quite unfortunate for civilians and aid workers who were near the area. The clearing operation somewhat affected those innocent people. The officer added that in the misfire two soldiers died, while others were wounded.
Doctors Without Borders castigated the incident. The organization called it a massive attack on unguarded people. Director of operations of Doctors Without Borders, Jean-Clement Cabrol, said lives of civilians must be respected, said CNN.
Nigeria: Amnesty International Indicts Nigerian Army
The mishap happened as Amnesty International had indicted the Nigerian Army on the grounds of extrajudicial killings. The organization said that Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria, is a “flagrant ruler” and “a dangerous-contemnor.” This is because he violated court orders of his own country to release the Shiite leader, EL Zakzaky and the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
The Biafra Times reported that Makmid Kamara, Acting Director of Amnesty International, said Buhari should respect the rule of law by agreeing to court rulings. He also stated that complying to court rulings would help to control the “wide impunity in the country.” “El Zakzaky is being unlawfully detained. It might be part of wider effort to cover up Zaria massacre in which the Nigerian Army killed many,” AI said.
BREAKING: At least 52 killed today after bombing by Nigerian Army in a displaced camp in Rann. MSF teams providing first aid to 120 wounded pic.twitter.com/gjFPWkOOeU
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