Following the unfortunate incident on December 3, when a drone strike by the Nigerian Army in Tudun Biri, Kaduna state, intended for bandits, mistakenly hit residents celebrating Maulud Nabiyy, resulting in over 80 deaths a report has revealed that accidental military airstrikes in Nigeria have killed at least 416 unarmed citizens in nine years, affecting at least 16 communities.
Numerous incidents, including those in Kayamla, Rann camp, Daglun, Ajia community, Gajigana, etc. highlight the recurring problem of accidental airstrikes causing civilian casualties
Reacting, Northern Islamic cleric fumes over Kaduna airstrike The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja has paid a condolence visit to the Tudun Biri community in Igabi LGA, Kaduna state.
The tragic accident brings back disturbing memories of previous incidents where the Nigerian military mistakenly bombed many communities and killed innocent citizens in the cause of the anti-terrorism war.
A report by Daily Trust indicates that accidental airstrikes of the Nigerian military have killed at least 416 unarmed citizens within nine years. At least 16 communities were affected within the same period. 10 killed in Kayamla village.
On March 16, 2014, at least 10 innocent citizens lost their lives in an accidental strike by the military. The incident took place in Kayamla village, Borno state when airstrikes targeting terrorists misfired. Accidental airstrike killed over 50 in Rann camp.
On January 17, 2017, military airstrikes killed 53 internally displaced persons at Rann camp in Borno state.
Tinubu’s defense minister Badaru told to resign over Kaduna village bombing Legit.ng gathers that some international organizations put the death figure at 115 and more than 100 injured.
Similarly, 20 people were killed in the Daglun community The accidental airstrike of February 28, 2018, happened in the Daglun community, also in Borno state. It was reported that 20 civilians died in the tragic incident. Ajia community airstrike: 11 dead On April 11, 2019, the Ajia community, located at Birnin Magaji local government area of Zamfara state, suffered an accident airstrike by the Nigerian military.
No fewer than 11 persons reportedly lost their lives. Gajigana and Mainok airstrikes In Gajigana village and Mainok, Borno state, accidental airstrikes also occurred on July 2, 2019, and April 25, 2021. At least 13 civilian casualties and 30 soldiers died respectively, due to airstrikes from the troops of the Nigerian Air Force. Buwari village and Kwatar Daban Mascara airstrikes On September 16, 2021, nine farmers were struck dead in Buwari village in Yobe state by air troops going after terrorists in the area.