A Nigerian military plane accidentally dropped a bomb inside a settlement in Borno State, killing several persons, military authorities have confirmed.
The spokesman for the military Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar said it was an error deeply regretted by the military.
The military spokesman said the incident did not occur in an Internally Displaced Persons’ camp, as being reported in some quarters but a settlement said to be occupied by civilians.
Brigadier General Abubakar explained that soldiers got information of movement of Boko Haram members in the Kala-balge area and deployed ground troops and air cover to tackle the terrorists.
According to him, it was the air support that mistakenly dropped the bomb.
In a statement, the Nigerian Air Force commiserated with those affected and their families, promising to give update on the incident as soon as detailed facts emerge from the investigation.
Hospitals in Maiduguri have been told to be prepared to receive and promptly treat the injured.
The incident happened on a day Boko Haram terrorists claimed responsibility for suicide attacks on a university in Maiduguri in Borno State, killing four persons including the suicide bombers.
Clearance of Boko Haram terrorists is ongoing in the region, with the Nigerian Air Force carrying out aerial bombardment of fleeing members of the group weeks after they were chased out of their hideout in Sambisa forest.
On Monday, the Air Force released a video of a strike on a location it described as Boko Haram’s new hideout about one nautical mile south of Tumbum Rego in northern Borno.
Fighter jets and helicopter gunship of the Air Force assaulted the location in a coordinated day and night operation following Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) report that Boko Haram insurgents who attacked own Surface Forces at Kangarwa the night of January 12, 2017 had withdrawn to the said location.
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