Army Takes Responsibility For Air Strike In Kaduna — Commissioner

Earlier reports had alleged that the operation in Kaduna was carried out by the Nigerian Air Force, a claim which the Service immediately refuted.

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The Nigerian Army has taken responsibility for Sunday’s Air Strike that left many villagers killed and several others injured at Tudun Biri village in Kaduna State.

Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said this at the end of an emergency security meeting on Monday.

Channels TV had earlier reported that on Sunday night while the villagers were marking the Maulud celebration to commemorate the birth of Prophet Muhammad, an unmanned aerial vehicle bombed some parts of the community, killing a yet-to-be ascertained number of individuals.

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Following the incident, the Kaduna state government convened an emergency security meeting chaired by the Deputy Governor, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, on Monday.

It was at the meeting, which was attended by heads of security agencies, religious and traditional leaders, and representatives of the Tudun Biri community, that core details regarding the incident were revealed.

Addressing journalists after the security meeting held behind closed doors, Aruwan explained that the bombing of the villagers was unintended and unfortunate.

The Commissioner explained that the troops of the Nigerian Army were on a routine mission against terrorists in the area when the operation accidentally affected members of the community.

He also disclosed that search and rescue operations were ongoing, while those injured were rushed to the Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital for treatment.