Kaduna Airstrike Tragedy: Army Admits Missed Target, Extends Condolences to Victims’ Families

Kaduna State Government Receives Briefing on Alleged Drone Misfire; Search-and-Rescue Operations Ongoing

In the wake of the Sunday night tragedy involving an alleged missed target airstrike on Tudun Biri village in Kaduna State, the Kaduna State Government has received briefings on the incident that resulted in the loss of several lives and injuries to numerous citizens.

The Overseeing Commissioner of the Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Kaduna State, Samuel Aruwan, issued a statement detailing a meeting presided over by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe. The meeting, attended by heads of security agencies and religious and traditional leaders, aimed to address the circumstances surrounding the incident.

According to the statement, Major VU Okoro, the General Officer Commanding One Division Nigerian Army, explained that the Nigerian Army was on a routine mission against terrorists but inadvertently impacted members of the Tudun Biri community. The Army referred to the incident as “unfortunate and unintended.”

Following the closed-door meeting, the Deputy Governor conveyed the condolences of the Kaduna State Government and its people to the families that lost their loved ones. She also offered prayers for the repose of the victims’ souls.

As of the latest update, search-and-rescue efforts are ongoing, with dozens of injured victims evacuated to Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital by the government. The tragedy has prompted heightened scrutiny and calls for a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the airstrike to ensure accountability and prevent future incidents of this nature.

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