Nigeria jet mistakenly bombs refugees

Nigeria jet mistakenly bombs refugees

Nigeria jet mistakenly bombs refugees

Written by Staff Writer

18 Jan, 2017 | 9:38 am

A Nigerian military jet has mistakenly bombed a camp for displaced people in the north-east, killing at least 52 people and injuring many more.

The incident occurred on Tuesday at about 9 am local time (08:00 GMT) in Rann, in the far north of Borno state, the epicentre of Boko Haram’s armed campaign, as humanitarian workers distributed food to civilians.

According to Nigerian Airforce the figther jet was on an mission against Boko Haram fighters when it accidentally struck the camp and killed an unknown number of refugees and aid workers.

President Muhammadu Buhari, whose army is fighting Boko Haram militants, expressed dismay and urged calm.

It is thought to be the first time Nigeria’s military has admitted to making such a mistake.

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