Kaduna village bombing: 120 dead, villagers claim military bombed twice

Survivors of the accidental bombing in Tudun Biri, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, reported being bombed twice by the Nigerian Army on Tuesday. The death toll from the incident rose to 120, as confirmed by officials of Amnesty International who visited the affected communities.

The air strike, initially intended to target terrorists, inadvertently struck civilians during a religious celebration in Tudun Biri on Sunday night. Despite the Army taking responsibility and the National Emergency Management Agency initially reporting 85 casualties, the accidental bombing faced increased condemnation from the Arewa Consultative Forum and the Jama’tu Nasril Islam on Tuesday.

President Bola Tinubu and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar expressed their condolences for the victims, while survivors recounted their harrowing experiences. One survivor, Saudatu Alamagani, emphasized that the community was bombed twice, describing the military’s actions during the religious celebration for Prophet Muhammad’s birthday.

The death toll was updated to over 120 by Amnesty International, disputing NEMA’s earlier figure. Survivors like Alamagani and Sulaiman Umar shared their accounts, detailing the chaos and devastation caused by the bombings. Amnesty International called for a thorough investigation, while both the Arewa Consultative Forum and the Jama’tu Nasril Islam demanded accountability for those found responsible.

In a statement, ACF expressed deep concern over the operation’s apparent failure and insisted on a comprehensive investigation with the participation of the affected community. They called for an apology from the Nigerian Army, emphasizing the need for full compensation for the victims and their families.

Similarly, the JNI condemned the incident, offering condolences to the affected families and urging a transparent investigation to hold those responsible accountable. President Tinubu called the accidental bombing “very unfortunate, disturbing, and painful,” directing a thorough investigation and comprehensive medical attention for survivors.

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar expressed grief over the incident, highlighting the worrisome trend of miscalculated air strikes in the country. The Chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum, Muhammadu Yahaya, and Transparency International Chairman, Auwal Rafsanjani, also conveyed their condolences, emphasizing the importance of professionalism and care in counter-terrorism efforts.

Various civil society leaders, including Olawale Okunniyi and Debo Adeniran, called for a reorientation of the military’s approach and accountability for those responsible. The Defense Headquarters announced a planned investigation, with a panel to be established to look into the matter, according to Maj. Gen. Edward Buba and Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu.

 

CREDIT: PUNCH

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