A Nigerian fighter jet belonging to the Nigerian Air Force has reportedly killed at least 17 people in Sakotoku village in Damboa local government area of Borno State after it fired a bomb in an attempt to eliminate Boko Haram fighters.
According to a report by Thecable, the bomb killed women and children who were playing under mango trees.
Quoting a source, the Air force had been informed that some Boko Haram insurgents were gathering in the village on Thursday afternoon.
The group, according to the report, was in Korongilum, 12 kilometres away from where suspected insurgents had earlier gathered.
“We don’t know if they didn’t communicate well with the land troops as the air force jet fired that bomb on the village,” one of the sources said.
“Seventeen people were killed, mostly women and their children playing under mango trees. Many were also injured and have been taken to the 25 army brigade in Damboa, and those with critical injuries were taken to Maiduguri.”
Some of the villagers whose houses were destroyed had moved to Damboa.
The medium quoted NAF spokesperson Ibikunle Daramola as saying “It’s a matter of operation” and the defence headquarters would be in a better position to speak on the matter.”
In February 2020, residents of Garkida in Adamawa State and Korongilum in Borno State accused NAF fighters of refusing to open fire on suspected Boko Haram fighters who attacked their communities.
Reacting, NAF spokesperson Ibikunle Daramola had argued that the situation was chaotic, adding that the force could not open fire as a measure not to kill civilians.
However, in 2017, the Nigerian Airforce reportedly killed 126 civilians in Rann, Borno State