A Nigerian military jet made an error and bombed a refugee camp in North East, killing 52 and injuring hundreds, reports BBC News.
Among those dead in the mistaken attack are aid workers. The Red Cross reported that 6 of its employees were killed.
The MSF aid agency appealed for medical evacuations stating that more than 200 people have been injured in the shocking attack.
President Muhammadu Buhari while commenting on the incident seemed dismayed and asked that there be calm in the country. His army is actively engaged in a war against Boko Haram.
This attacked happened close to the border with Cameron where the military says that it’s doing final touches on the war against Boko Haram.
This is said to be the first time Nigerian Army has owned up to such an error.
Aleksandra Matijevic, Red Cross spokeswoman said that apart from the dead Red Cross staff, other volunteer workers who had come in to deliver food to the displaced people were injured.
She said that the group’s “thoughts are now with the families of our colleagues who have lost their loved ones.” She also stated that Red Cross would not stop from providing humanitarian aid to the affected.
While speaking to BBC, MSF said that its organization has a number of medical doctors lending help in the Rann camp. The team was present even before the attack happened.
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Hugues Robert, head of MSF’s emergency response, said that “More than 50 people have been killed. Our team was there and counted the bodies, and more than 200 people have been wounded following these two different blasts from aerial bombardment.”
The aid agency’s teams in Chad and Cameroon will step in to assist in treating the wounded.
Most of the casualties are those who had flee from the Boko Haram areas prone to regular attacks.
According to Nigerian military spokesman, Gen Rabe Abubakar, some Boko Haram remnants had been spotted outside Rann and the military had taken the measures to eliminate them.
But after realizing the mistake, all members of the military “are in pain” he added.
He said that their actions are highly regrettable as much they were not intentional.
The commander of counter-insurgency operations, Gen Lucky Irabor, said that they would launch investigations into the matter.
Boko Haram has caused havoc in Africa’s most populous country through a wave of bombings, assassinations and abductions.
The group wants to overthrow the government and create an Islamic State.
As the rainy season comes to an end, its fighters have managed to maneuver easily, launching even more attacks in recent few weeks.
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