A Nigerian Air Force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp Tuesday, killing dozens of people.
Military commander Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor confirmed an accidental bombardment in the northeastern town of Rann, near the border with Cameroon, saying “some” civilians were killed.
A spokesman from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said at least 52 people were killed and 120 injured in an airstrike on a refugee camp in the country’s northeast.
A Borno state government official, who was helping to coordinate the evacuation of wounded from the remote area by helicopters, had earlier said more than 100 refugees and aid workers were among the dead. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.
This action has arose uproars and cries from various political and civil group asking the Federal Government to investigate the act as an act of such magnitude cannot be merely described as a mere mistake.
One of such groups that called for probe on the Nigerain Airforce and the pilot in charge was Nigerian Wailers, an opposition civil wing, they described the action as an just a mistake but an intended purpose and neglect of duty by the Military. Other observers are of the view that regarding the high abuses of human rights as seen in the Nigerian Military that it is not surprising to see such an action arising from the Nigerian Airforce.