- Many villagers are feared dead in a community within Igabi local government area of Kaduna state
- This follows the reported operation by a Nigerian Air Force jet during a Maulud celebration at Tudun Biri
- Details of the incident are sketchy but preliminary reports indicated that about 30 people died during the incident on Sunday, December 3
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Legit.ng reports that Tudun Biri is a community within Igabi local government area (LGA) of Kaduna state.
Kaduna: 'More than 30 killed by NAF'
Though details of the incident remain sketchy, preliminary reports indicate that about 30 people died during the incident on Sunday, December 3, around 9:00 pm.
It is believed that the NAF officials thought the people were terrorists as violence has soared in northwest Nigeria in recent years. Criminal gangs involved in cattle rustling and kidnapping have carried out bloody raids on villages.
A resident said:
“They were Muslims who were celebrating Maulud (birth of Prophet Muhammad) when the jet dropped the bomb, resulting in the immediate death of more than 30 people."
There is apprehension that the death toll may increase, The Punch noted.
When reached for comment, a top government official, Samuel Aruwan, said the government would address the press soon.
“We will address the press at Government House on the situation because there would be a security meeting later."
NAF speaks on Kaduna incident
Meanwhile, NAF refuted reports that its aircraft accidentally killed innocent civilians in Kaduna. According to NAF, the claim is "false".
NAF's reaction was contained in a statement on Monday, December 4, by Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, its spokesperson.
NAF and bombing of wedding venue
The spokesperson for the NAF, Edward Gabkwet, disclosed that the airstrike was targeted at the location of bandits who were gathered in the area.