- A resident of Tudun Biri village in Kaduna state, Idris Dahiru, said 34 of his family members were killed in the drone attack on the community
- Dahiru explained that the first bomb by the Nigerian Army exploded without warning, killing many villagers
- He added that while they rushed to aid the injured, the jet returned and unleashed a second bomb
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Kaduna state - No fewer than thirty-four family members were victims of the Nigerian Army’s aerial bombardment on Tudun Biri village in Igabi local government area of Kaduna state.
A resident of the community, Idris Dahiru, said 34 of his family members were killed in the tragic incident that occurred on Sunday, December 3, Daily Trust reported.
In an interview with BBC Hausa, Dahiru narrated the unfortunate incident.
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“Our annual Maulud celebration was shattered by unexpected airstrikes. The first bomb exploded without warning, killing innocent people, including women and children, some victims were torn apart by the blast.”
He added that:
“As we rushed to aid the injured, the jet returned, unleashing a second bomb, this time, many of those who had come to help were among the casualties.
“My family alone has lost 34 members in this tragedy. We have 66 loved ones receiving medical care at Barau Dikko Hospital.”
Why Nigerian Army launched drone attack on Kaduna community
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Defence Headquarters made some clarification about the drone attack on the Ligarma community.
The director of defence media operations, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba, said the bomb attack was based on credible intelligence about the presence of terrorists in the area.
Buba said the Nigerian Army's Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) detachment observed suspicious movement of terrorists.
Nigerian Army confirms bombing of Kaduna villagers
Legit.ng also reported that the Kaduna government on Monday, December 4, said it received briefings on the previous day of an alleged missed target airstrike on Tudun Biri village, which left several citizens dead and others injured.
A statement issued by Samuel Aruwan, the acting commissioner for ministry of Internal Security and home affairs of Kaduna state, said a meeting was held over the incident.
Aruwan said the meeting was presided over by the deputy governor, Hadiza Balarabe, and attended by heads of security agencies and religious and traditional leaders.
He said at the meeting, the Nigerian Army (NA) explained the circumstances which led to what it called "unfortunate and unintended".
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