- NAF has spoken about the bombing of Buhari village.
EKOHOTBLOG reports that the Nigerian Air Force has claimed responsibility for the accidental shooting at Buhari village in Yunusari Local Government Area of Yobe State.
There were reports that the NAF jet killed nine and injured many residents of Buhari Village on Wednesday morning.
EKOHOTBLOG reports that the spokesperson of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, had earlier denied the alleged bombardment, noting that the NAF did not carry out any operations in the Yobe community in the past ten days.
“This tweet is false in its entirety. The NAF last conducted a mission in Yobe State (not Yunusari LGA) on September 5, 2021, and it was an armed recce. No bomb or missile was even expended,” he had earlier stated.
However, Gabkwet while reacting again via a statement on Thursday, admitted that some residents of the village were fired from a military aircraft.
The NAF spokesman added that Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists were the targets of the bombardment.
He, therefore, attributed his initial denial to the fact that the aircraft did not carry bombs.
Gabkwet stated, “Following intelligence on Boko Haram/ISWAP movements along the Kamadougou Yobe River line, an aircraft from the Air Component of Operation Hadin Kai was detailed to respond to the suspected terrorists activities in the area along the Nigeria/Niger border at about 0600hrs on 15 September 2021.
“The aircraft while operating South of Kanama observed suspicious movement consistent with Boko Haram terrorists behaviour whenever a Jet aircraft is overhead.
“Accordingly, the pilot fired some probing shots. It is important to state that the area is well known for continuous Boko Haram /ISWAP activities. Unfortunately reports reaching Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Headquarters alleged that some civilians were erroneously killed while others were injured.
“Initial release denying the involvement of NAF aircraft was based on the first report available to the Air Component which was subsequently forwarded to NAF headquarters that civilians were bombed as the aircraft detailed for the mission was not carrying bombs. Therefore a Board of Inquiry has been set up to thoroughly investigate the circumstances of the incident,” the statement read.
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