Air strikes of the the Nigerian Air Force have allegedly killed at least 30 villagers, presumably, by a bomb blast, ‘mistakenly’ fired at the village in Tudun Biri, Igabi Local Government Area, Kaduna State.
It was gathered that this incident happened on Sunday at 9pm, while the villagers were joyfully gathered for Maulud, marking the birth of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
Residents of the village, according to reports, revealed that the jet dropped the bomb, resulting in the immediate death of more than 30 people, adding that the death toll might increase.
Samuel Aruwan, the state’s Overseeing Commissioner of Internal Security, reportedly confirmed the incident and promised an official statement later today.
However, as of filing this report, the Nigerian Air Force has yet to comment on the incident.
If confirmed that people died during the bomb blast, this would significantly add to the already death toll made by the NAF mishaps.
According to a report by released by the SBM Intelligence, a research organisation, that compiles and analyses data about happenings in the country, on February 5, 2023, over 300 civilians have been killed by the NAF Accidental strikes.
The report said the mistakes had risen in the last two years with little acknowledgment from the air force.
SBM listed Yobe, Borno, Nasarawa, Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara, and Niger as the worst-hit states, depicting the consistent occurrence of this issue in the north.