October 20, 2021

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Villagers in Yobe were mistakenly targeted by jet bombs, killing eight people

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By Sani Chinade

On Wednesday, an aerial bombardment on Buhari village in Yobe State’s Yunusari Local Government resulted in the deaths of around eight people.

The incident happened on Wednesday at 11 a.m., according to Ali Lawan, a resident of the surrounding village. Residents were leaving their fields and traveling to the Geidam weekly market, according to Ali Lawan, when the accident occurred.

He claimed that the aircraft, which had ash spots and were camouflaged in military colors, approached from the east and shot from the east to the west.

“People were perplexed as to who carried out the strike because we all know that Boko Haram attacks have never been carried out by aircraft.”

“People were really confused on who launched the attack because the Boko Haram attacks that we all know had never come through aircraft at all”.

“When shots were fired from the aircraft, people ran helter-skelter. Sadly, some were killed while others sustained injuries,” he added.

He said 20 people, including, men, women, and children were being treated at Geidam General Hospital.

“Those with serious injuries were referred to Specialist Hospital, Damaturu, and Maiduguri Teaching Hospital for treatment.”

The Chairman of Yunusari Local Government, Alhaji Bukar Gaji, confirmed the incident to our newsmen.

According to him definitely, the incident happened. We received the sad news obviously and the victims are currently in the hospital receiving treatment.

“We cannot say where the aircraft came from; whether from the Niger Republic or Nigerian military, We don’t know; the actual picture can only be given by security forces detail will come later,” he said.

Contacted, Yobe State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Dungus Abdulkarim, said aircraft has to do with military operations and the police had no official statement on the issue up till now.

The acting Army spokesman of Sector 2 Operation Hadin Kai, Damaturu, Lt Kennedy Anyewau, could not be reached for comment.

In a Twitter response to a story on the incident, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, Air Force Spokesman, denied that the force was responsible for the incident.

“This tweet is false in its entirety. The NAF last conducted a mission into Yobe State (Not Yunusari LGA) on 5 September 2021 and it was an armed recce. No bomb or missile was even expended. Thanks.”

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