88 Killed ‘Accidentally’?

(DCWatchdog.com) – In a devastating tragedy that broke the hearts of millions around the world, Nigeria is grappling with the aftermath of a military drone strike that unintentionally took the lives of approximately 88 of its own citizens during a Muslim religious festival. The incident has prompted public outrage, with eyewitnesses recounting the horrifying scene and demanding accountability.

The Nigerian army expressed condolences and regret for the tragic incident, clarifying that the military’s intended target was “armed bandits” in the region who had been a source of terror for local communities. In a tweet, the army explained that during aerial patrols, a group of people was observed, and their activities were wrongly analyzed, leading to the misinterpretation that they were associated with the targeted bandits.

An eyewitness who spoke to BBC Hausa shared a chilling account of the incident, stating, “The aircraft dropped a bomb at the venue. It destroyed and killed our people, including women and children.” The witness further described a second bomb dropping on those attempting to recover the bodies of the initial blast victims, resulting in additional casualties.

Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) reported that following the two airstrikes, approximately 88 people lost their lives, with at least 68 others sustaining various injuries. The casualties encompassed children, women, and the elderly, underscoring the devastating impact on families and communities.

In response to the tragedy, Nigerian President Bola Tinubu acknowledged the incident in a press release and ordered a thorough inquiry into the mishap. The government, represented by a delegation, visited the scene to pay respects at the gravesite of those killed in the unfortunate drone strike.

The incident has reignited concerns about the precision and intelligence capabilities of military operations, with citizens demanding transparency and accountability for the loss of innocent lives. As the nation grapples with the aftermath, the inquiry ordered by President Tinubu will play a crucial role in understanding the circumstances leading to this tragic misfire.