Army Fighter Jet Misfires, Kills Aid Workers, Civilians In Borno

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The Nigerian Army has said a fighter jet misfired and shot some humanitarian aid workers of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), recording casualties.

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“So far, it is a little bit disturbing; death has occurred. There are casualties; there were deaths and injuries.

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“But on the actual number of casualties, we would get back to you later. I am yet to get the number of casualties of civilians killed, but two soldiers were also affected,’’ Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, said on Tuesday in Maiduguri.

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The shots hit the Medicines Sans Frontiers and some civilians in Kala Balge in Borno state in northeast during an operation.

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“This morning, we received a report about the gathering of Boko Haram terrorists around Kala Balge area of Maiduguri.

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“I coordinated and I directed that the air component of the operation should go and address the problem.

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“Unfortunately, the strike was conducted but it turned out that other civilians were somewhere around the area and they were affected.’’

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He said some humanitarian staff of Medicines Sans Frontiers and some staff of International Committee of Red Cross(ICRC) were also affected.

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“We are sending helicopters to evacuate those that were critically wounded, including our wounded soldiers,” Irabor said.

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