By Hannah Nathan, Warri
The United Nations, UN, has outrightly condemned an airstrike on a hamlet in northern Nigeria that killed numerous civilians.
According to a reliable source,a Nigerian Army drone that was intended to target armed groups in northwest Kaduna State unintentionally killed at least 85 civilians, causing a stir and one of the largest military bombing events in the nation’s history.
Tuesday, while the people of Tudun Biri celebrated a Muslim festival, an army drone mistakenly struck the town, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu ordered an investigation.
Condemning the event, the UN Human Rights Office noted that it was the latest of at least four bombings that caused serious civilian casualties.
“While we note that the authorities have termed the civilian deaths as accidental, we call on them to take all feasible steps in the future to ensure civilians and civilian infrastructure are protected,” UN Human Rights Office spokesperson, Seif Magango, said in a statement.
“They must review rules of engagement and standard operating procedures to ensure that such incidents do not happen again.”