February 27, 2024

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The Nigerian military killed 85 civilians celebrating a religious festival by sending drones to the wrong place.

The Nigerian military killed 85 civilians celebrating a religious festival by sending drones to the wrong place.
At least 85 civilians die in an “accidental” attack by the military during a religious festival in Nigeria (EFE/FILE)

At the very least 85 civilians were killed and 66 injured in an air strike by the Nigerian Army last Sunday night. In the north of the country, it “Accidentally” struck a town where a religious festival was being celebratedOfficials said today.

The Air operations were launched against “terrorists”. That is roaming around the Nigerian state KadunaBut the army “accidentally” attacked the city tudun biri, The regional office of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said in a statement.

The events took place on the 3rd between 9:00pm and 10:00pm local time (8:00pm to 9:00pm GMT) when hundreds of people were celebrating the birth (holiday) of the Prophet Muhammad in the town. The Mawlid)

“85 bodies buried so far, search continues”NEMA North West Nigeria Office pointed out.

“(NEMA) visited the Barau Dikko hospital where the injured were treated and observed that 66 people were admitted to the hospital with various degrees of injuries and fractures,” he added.

between victimsThis company promised and delivered Children and the elderly.

For its part, human rights NGOs International AmnestyRaised The death toll is 120An inquiry into the sanctioning of air strikes was called for “Prosecution of those responsible” By “fair enquiry”.

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Kaduna State Supervisory Commissioner for Home Affairs and Security, Samuel AruanHe acknowledged the incident in a statement on Tuesday but did not provide a death toll.

Also, the President of Nigeria, Tinubu BallHe expressed “solidarity” this morning with the victims of the attack he described “Unfortunate, disturbing and painful” truth.

Chief Tinubu presides A thorough investigation “Calm must be maintained while authorities diligently investigate the incident,” Nigerian presidential spokesman Azuri Nkelele said.

Initially, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) denied in a statement that the military’s weapon “accidentally killed innocent civilians”.

Some Nigerian states – especially in the center and northwest of the country – are affected Incessant attacks by “bandits”.A term used in the country to name Criminal gangs They are involved in massive raids and kidnappings for huge ransoms and are sometimes branded by the authorities “Terrorists”.

The attacks have continued despite repeated promises by the Nigerian government to end the violence by deploying more security forces.

This insecurity has been compounded by jihadist group activity since 2009. Boko Haram in the northeast of the country and, as of 2016, from its bifurcation, the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAPits English summary).

(With information from EFE and AFP)