July 18, 2024

The Nigerian Army, on Monday, claimed responsibility for the airstrike in Tudun Biri village, Kaduna State.

This was confirmed by the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan.

He spoke after an emergency security meeting.

Inside Arewa reported that the airstrike that occurred on Sunday claimed several villagers performing a religious activity.

The Kaduna State government has now said it received briefings on the attack, with the General Officer Commanding One Division of the Nigerian Army, Major VU Okoro, explaining that the Army was on a routine mission against terrorists but members of the community were inadvertently affected.

Addressing journalists after the meeting, Aruwan said: “The Kaduna State Government has received briefings on Sunday night’s attack which left several citizens dead and others injured.

“In a meeting presided over by the Deputy Governor, Dr Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe, which had in attendance heads of security agencies, religious and traditional leaders, the Nigerian Army explained the circumstances which led to the unfortunate and unintended attack.

“The General Officer Commanding One Division Nigerian Army, Major VU Okoro explained that the Nigerian Army was on a routine mission against terrorists but inadvertently affected members of the community.”

“As of the time of this update, search-and-rescue efforts are still ongoing, as dozens of injured victims have been evacuated to Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital by the Government,” he added.

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