Borno: Nigerian Air Force bombs civilian community in error

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A Nigerian Air Force jet has mistakenly dropped a bomb on a civilian community in the Lake Chad region, the AFP reports.

At least, 20 people said to be fishermen, were allegedly killed in the airstrike that occurred on Sunday in Kwatar Daban Masara.

However, it was gathered that the spread of information on the tragedy had been slow due to obsolete communications infrastructure in the area.

Locals said that the community was about 50 kilometres from Maiduguri, Borno State capital.

The attack came barely two weeks after the Nigerian military bombed a community in Yobe.

In another incident in the war-ravaged North-East, at least 12, people were reported dead with several others wounded.

The Nigerian Air Force initially denied the report alleging that it dropped a bomb on Buwari village, but later owned up with a promise that an investigation would be carried out.

Governor Mai Mala Buni also publicly acknowledged the incident and commiserated with victims of the accident.

The Nigerian military has been conducting air raids across the region since 2009 when Boko Haram insurgents launched attacks against the state.

In 2017, an Air Force pilot dropped a bomb on a village in Rann, Borno, killing dozens of civilians.

The military apologised and promised a thorough investigation but did not make its findings public four years after.