Abuja (IP) - In a statement issued by the Nigerian Airforce on Thursday, its spokesman Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet admitted that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets killed at least ten civilians and wounded many in an attack on Buwari Community in Yunusari Local Government Area of Yobe State. 

Iran PressAfrica: In a phone call, Ibrahim Eltafseer, a journalist from Yobe State, confirmed to Iran Press reporter that people in Buwari village had buried at least ten people who had been killed in an attack which the NAF spokesman rejected yesterday. 

The Nigerian Air force statement reads: "The following intelligence on Boko Haram/ISWAP movements along the Kamadougou Yobe River line, an aircraft from the Air Component of Operation Hadin Kai was detailed to respond to the suspected terrorist activities in the area along the Nigeria/Niger border at about 0600 hrs on September 15,  2021. 

The aircraft while operating South of Kanama observed suspicious movement consistent with Boko Haram terrorist behavior whenever an aircraft overhead. The pilot fired some probing shots.

The area is well known for continuous Boko Haram/ISWAP activities. Unfortunately, a report reaching Nigerian Air Force headquarters alleged that some civilians were erroneously killed while others were injured.

The NAF spokesman further said the initial statement of their denial in killing civilians was based on the first report available to their Air Component. 

This is not the first time the Nigerian Air Force involved in killing civilians. On 17 January 2017, the NAF war jet attacked refugees camp in Borno State killed almost 100 civilians.

Ibrahim Eltafseer further told Iran Press that just now that more than 30 people have been admitted at Yobe State Specialist Hospital Geidam, with various degrees of injuries as a result of Nigerian Air Force bombing. He said most of them are children.


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