Nigeria: airstrike mistakenly kills more than a hundred IDPs

People stand next to site of bombing in Rann, northeast Nigeria. People stand next to site of bombing in Rann, northeast Nigeria. HANDOUT/AFP/Getty Images

26 January 2017
A Nigerian fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram made a tactical error and accidentally bombed an IDP camp in Borno

A military jet by mistake bombed a camp for displaced people fleeing Boko Haram militants, killing more than a hundred and wounding numerous others.  Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) were operating at the camp when it was hit, vaccinating children in the camp for measles and screening them for malnutrition. In an initial statement, MSF said the strike had killed at least 50 people and wounded 120.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari described the airstrike as “regrettable” in a statement on Twitter. "I received with regret news that the Air Force, working to mop up BH (Boko Haram) insurgents, accidentally bombed a civilian community in Rann, Borno State," Buhari said in a tweet. "I sympathize with the families of the dead, and with the injured.About 43,000 internally displaced were sheltering at the camp.

Several humanitarian organizations have condemned the airstrike, calling it a “large-scale attack on vulnerable people”. "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," said Jean-Clément Cabrol, Doctors Without Borders' director of operations.

 

For more information, please read:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/01/msf-nigeria-air-strike-refugee-camp-kills-dozens-170117162652808.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/17/nigeria-military-jet-mistakenly-bombs-displaced-families-camp-boko-haram
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/18/world/africa/nigeria-camp-airstrike-death-toll.html?ref=africa&_r=1

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