At least 17 people are believed to have been killed when a fighter jet belonging to the Nigerian Air Force fired a bomb on Sakotoku village in Damboa local government area of Borno state.
Residents told TheCable that those killed included women, and children who were said to be playing under mango trees. The air force, military sources said, was informed that Boko Haram insurgents were gathering around the village on Thursday afternoon
The supposed target, according to a source, was an area in Korongilum, a neighbouring village 12 kilometres away where suspected Boko Haram insurgents had gathered earlier.
“We don’t know if they didn’t communicate well with the land troops as the air force jet fired that bomb on the village,” one of the sources said.
“Seventeen people were killed, mostly women and their children playing under mango trees. Many were also injured and have been taken to the 25 army brigade in Damboa, and those with critical injuries were taken to Maiduguri.
Some of the villagers whose houses were destroyed have found their way to Damboa.
It is not the first time the airforce would be engaged in such a deadly ‘mistake’. In 2017, 126 civilians were killed in Rann, Borno state, in an accidental air strike by the military.
Nigeria’s Chief Of Army staff, Tukur Buratai recently relocated to the region and has vowed to remain there until insurgents are defeated