It has been confirmed that 52 people were killed Tuesday morning when Nigerian Airforce fighter jet mistakenly dropped bombs on Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Borno State.
A non governmental organisation, Medicine Sans Frontiers (MSF), also known as Doctors Without Borders, said Tuesday night that at least 52 people were killed after the accident.
The international organisation, whose officials were present at the Rann camp in Borno State when the incident occurred, said another 102 people were injured from the incident.
The MSF stated these in a statement issued to the media in Borno State.
The casualty provided by the MSF puts the death as one of the highest in the state in recent times from a single incident.
The MSF said it is currently providing first aid to the 120 injured persons in Rann.
Jean-Clément Cabrol, MSF’s Director of Operations, said, “This large-scale attack on vulnerable people who have already fled from extreme violence is shocking and unacceptable.
“The safety of civilians must be respected. We are urgently calling on all parties to ensure the facilitation of medical evacuations by air or road for survivors who are in need of emergency care.”
The Theatre Commander of Nigerian forces in Borno, Major General Lucky Irabor, also confirmed the incident.
“This morning today, we received reports about gathering of Boko Haram terrorists somewhere in Kala Balge Local Government area of Borno State. We got a coordinate and I directed that the air should go to address the problem.
“Unfortunately the strike was conducted but it turned out that the locals somewhere in Rann were affected.
“We are yet to get the details of the casualties. But we have some civilians that have been killed, others are wounded and we also have two of our soldiers that were also wounded. Among some that are wounded are local staffs of the Medicine Sans Frontiers as well as ICRC,” he said.