BREAKING: Several dead as military jet mistakenly drops bomb on civilian settlement in Rann

Several people are reportedly feared dead after a military jet mistakenly dropped a bomb at the Rann in Borno.

Hundred people were injured, including officials of the Doctors without Borders, MSF.

Military spokesperson, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar who confirmed the incident said the action was regrettable.

He said that troops were informed of the movement of terrorists in the area and ground and air support was sent to the area. The air support mistakenly dropped the bomb.

“These kind of mistakes do happen in an operational zone, like the one we are conducting. It is a mistake, an operational mistake.

“There was information that there were terrorist groups around that area and Nigerian aircraft dropped a bomb, but this was wrong information.

“Even in the most developed nations these kinds of mistakes do happen. We are all in grief.
“This was not actually an IDP (internally displaced people’s] camp. It’s a settlement called Raan in Kala-balge local government in Borno state.
“For now we cannot be certain of the numbers killed, we continue our investigation.”

A helicopter belonging to the International Red Cross, ICRC has been deployed to the camp to evacuated the wounded to the various hospitals.

The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor also confirmed the attack in 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.

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