Nigerian Air Force jet reportedly fired a bomb on ground troops that were going as reinforcement to troops fighting some Boko Haram fighters that attacked them in Mainok, Borno State, killing lots of the soldiers.
Military source said that the air force “accidentally” hit the wrong coordinates while targeting Boko Haram insurgents who had attacked the troops on Sunday.
Edward Gabkwet, Air Force Spokesman, said that the incident is being investigated when he was contacted on Monday.
The insurgents had attacked a military base in Mainok and reportedly overpowered the troops who called for reinforcement.
The truck which was sent for reinforcement was targeted and shelled by the air strike following a flawed intelligence, sources said.
One of the soldiers in the affected area said: “They came with heavy machines, about four MRAPS vehicles and they overpowered the ground troops.
“Troops sent signals for air support and when they came, it missed the main coordinates; where the Air Force shelled their bomb was on the location of troops instead of that of Boko Haram.
“The aircraft had to turn back. They realized that they mistargeted (and) most of the soldiers started running inside the bush.”
The Air Force Spokesman when asked about the incident said:
“All I can say is that the matter is being investigated. It is not a matter that we can just quickly give answers to.”
About a year ago, the Air Force “mistakenly” bombed a village in Damboa LGA of Borno, killing 17 people including women and children.
Also in January 2017 when the Air Force “mistakenly” bombed an IDPs camp, killing more than 100 internally displaced persons (IDPs).
This is one “Accidentally” bombing too many.