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Nigeria Air Force takes responsibility on Yobe village bombing

By News Desk

The Nigeria Air Force (NAF) has admitted to carrying out the bombing at Buhari village in Yunusari Local Government of Yobe State where 10 people were killed and over 20 sustained varying degrees of injuries.

This came barely 24 hours after the force distanced itself from the incident, claiming that the aerial attack that claimed lives was carried out by the neighbouring Nigerien Air Force.

The NAF Spokesperson, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, said that the attack was carried out by the NAF pilots after notciing some movements synonymous with Boko Haram members on sighting fighters jets.

According to him, following intelligence on Boko Haram/ISWAP movements along the Kamadougou Yobe River line, an aircraft from the Air Component of Operation Hadin Kai was detailed to respond to the suspected terrorists activities in the area along the Nigeria/Niger border at about 0600hrs on 15 September 2021.

Through a statement made available to journalists on Thursday, the NAF spokesman noted that The aircraft while operating South of Kanama observed suspicious movement consistent with Boko Haram terrorists behaviour whenever a Jet aircraft is overhead.

He added: “Accordingly, the pilot fired some probing shots. It is important to state that the area is well known for continuous Boko Haram /ISWAP activities.

“Unfortunately reports reaching Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Headquarters alleged that some civilians were erroneously killed while others were injured.

“Initial release denying the involvement of NAF aircraft was based on the first report available to the Air Component which was subsequently forwarded to NAF headquarters that civilians were bombed as the aircraft detailed for the mission was not carrying bombs. Therefore a Board of Inquiry has been set up to thoroughly investigate the circumstances of the incident.”

It would be recalled that the Nigeria Air Force, in its initial response to reports of the attack, had said: “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.”

While reacting to the development, the Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, commiserated with families of the deceased, adding that the government would do all within its power to help the bereaved family members

In a statement by his Director General, Press Affairs, Mamman Muhammad, the governor also called for a full investigation of the matter to forestall future mistakes.

According to the statement, Buni directed his Special Adviser on Security Affairs to liaise with the Nigeria Air Force and the Multi National Joint Task Force, to unravel the unfortunate Air strike on the innocent villagers.

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