Many Die As Nigerian Air Force Warplane Accidentally Bombs Borno IDP CampSeveral people are believed to have been killed after a Nigerian war plane mistakenly bombed the Rann Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Borno State.
The Rann IDP camp in Kala-balge Local Government Area provides temporary shelter for thousands of persons displaced by Islamist group, Boko Haram.
According to Premium Times, no fewer than hundred people were injured and need to be evacuated to hospitals.
The military spokesperson, brigadier Rabe Abubakar confirmed the incident but said it was an error the military regrets deeply.
According to him, soldiers got information of movement of Boko Haram members and deployed ground troops and air cover to tackle the terrorists.
It was the air support that mistakenly dropped the bomb.
The state government has already ordered all hospitals in Maiduguri to prepared to receive and treat the injured. An International Red Cross, ICRC, helicopter has also been deployed to the camp to evacuate the wounded to various hospitals.
The Theatre Commander of Nigerian forces in Borno, Major General Lucky Irabor also confirmed the attack via 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.