The Nigerian Military says it has opened an investigation into the reported case of seven children who were accidentally killed by a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) jet strike.
No fewer than seven children were killed and five others injured. Maradi Region Governor Chaibou Aboubacar, who confirmed the incident, said five other children were badly injured in the incident with happened on Friday.
“There was a mistake with the Nigerian strikes on the border that resulted in victims on our territory in the village of Nachade.
“The victims are 12 children, seven of them dead and five wounded,” Aboubacar was quoted to have said. Aboubacar did not explain how he knew the attack was by the Nigerian forces,” he had said.
In its immediate response, the Nigerian Military through the Director of Defence Information, Major General Jimmy Akpor said its Air Force doesn’t operate outside the country’s territory.
He said further investigation will be carried out on the matter.