A Nigerian military airplane has mistakenly dropped a bomb inside the Rann IDP camp in in Kala-balge Local Government Area of Borno State as several people are feared killed.
According to a source who disclosed exclusively to Premium Times, two people are feared dead from the incident, while at least a hundred people were injured – including officials of the Doctors without Borders, MSF – and needed to be evacuated to hospitals.
A brigadier general, Rabe Abubakar, who is the Nigerian military spokesperson, confirmed the incident but explained that it was an error that the military deeply regretted.
He explained that soldiers got information of movement of Boko Haram members and deployed ground troops and air cover to tackle the terrorists, adding that it was the air support that mistakenly dropped the bomb.
The Theatre Commander of Nigerian forces in Borno, Lucky Irabor, a major general, also confirmed the attack at a press statement.
“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.
“We are yet to get the details of the casualties. But we have some civilians that have been killed, others are wounded and we also have two of our soldiers that were also wounded. Among some that are wounded are local staffs of the Medicine Sans Frontiers as well as ICRC,” he said.