FATAL ERROR: Military Mistakenly Strikes IDP Camp — Over 100 dead

YESTERDAY, a military jet mistakenly hit the Rann IDP camp in Borno state leading to the death of about people with 120 injured.

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According to Premium Times, those who were injured were evacuated to hospitals for treatment. The Rann IDP camp is located in Kala-balge local government area and it caters for thousands of persons displaced by Boko Haram.

The spokesperson of the army, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar had confirmed the tragic incident and said the military deeply regretted the ghastly error.

According to him, the army had struck because they got intelligence report of Boko Haram presence in there.  The military then deployed its ground and air troops in counter action. The air troop was mistakenly dropped on the IDP camp.

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The presidency has regretted the strike and sends condolence message to the affected people. The Borno state government has also sent a message to all hospitals in Maiduguri to be prepared to receive and treat injured people from the aftermath.

A helicopter belonging to the International Red Cross was deployed to the camp to evacuate the injured.

Lucky Irabor who is the theatre commander of the armed force in Borno also confirmed the incident.

He said: “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.”

The senate during plenary today also observed a one minute silence for the victims after a point of order was raised by the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan.

Nigerians have however being reacting across media platform as to how the Military could have carried out this ghastly strike. In all, the Military have to be very vigilant and investigative while carrying out their assignment.

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