The Nigerian Air Force says it is investigating report alleging that an airstrike killed military officers by mistake in Borno State. The allegations claims that it accidentally killed more than 20 soldiers in an air strike during an operation against the Islamist insurgency.The report had claimed that over 20 military officers were attacked by an Air Force coordinated airstrike in Mainok, Maiduguri after they were mistaken for Boko Haram terrorists
The Air Force in a post on Twitter noted that it is investigating the alleged incident and will update the public when investigation has been concluded.
the tweet read, “The attention of the @NigAirForce has been drawn to reports alleging “How NAF Killed over 20 Nigerian Army Personnel by Accident in Air Strike” at Mainok which is about 55km to Maiduguri. The NAF wishes to state that visuals and reports been circulated are being investigated and the general public will be duly updated on the alleged incident. All enquiries should please be directed to the Office of the Director of Public Relations and Information, Headquarters Nigerian Air Force.”
A military source on sunday was quoted as saying a fighter jet on a mission against jihadists in the northeastern Borno state had mistakenly bombed army troops.
Militants from the Boko Haram group and its factions have waged a violent campaign in northeast Nigeria since 2009 to impose their version of Islamic law on Africa’s most populous nation. The conflict has spilled into neighboring Chad, Niger and Cameroon.