North Nigeria drone strike kills 21 civilians

A weapon fired from the air in Nigeria killed a minimum of 21 members of a civilian protection group as they responded to an assault by gunmen within the nation’s risky north, witnesses stated Wednesday.

Authorities haven’t stated who was liable for the strike, which residents described as coming from a drone. It came about in Niger state, considered one of Nigeria’s most insecure areas regardless of its shut proximity to the capital, Abuja.

Ayuba Lagodo, a member of the civilian protection group that tries to guard villagers, stated a drone strike hit shortly after residents reported an assault below means in Galadimakogo. Such protection teams are widespread in Nigeria’s north, the place many scorching spots of violence have an insufficient official safety presence.

No less than 21 individuals had been confirmed lifeless after Tuesday’s strike. Lagodo stated the loss of life toll would probably rise as a result of many individuals had been critically wounded or unaccounted for.

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Whereas it wasn’t clear who launched the drone, blame shortly fell on the Nigeria Air Pressure, which has carried out related strikes in recent times.

Federal police in Niger state instructed The Related Press on Wednesday {that a} army operation had been carried out within the state. Nonetheless, spokespeople for the Nigerian Air Pressure and Nigeria’s Protection Headquarters have but to answer media inquiries.

Two state authorities officers have began to analyze the incident, stated Mary Noel-Berge, chief press secretary to Niger’s governor.

A drone struck north-central Nigeria on Wednesday killing a minimum of 21 members of a civilian protection group. Individuals consider the loss of life toll will rise on account of injures not counted for.

Army air raids are widespread in Nigeria, the place an Islamist insurgency within the northeast and violent assaults by armed teams within the northwest and central areas have overstretched the nation’s armed forces.

In 2017, greater than 100 individuals had been killed when a refugee camp was mistakenly bombed. Some Nigerian military troopers died in 2021 after a fighter jet that safety forces stated was focusing on extremists bombed their truck.

“‘Unintended’ strikes are very rampant in Nigeria. One of many issues we are able to attribute this to is defective intel,” Confidence MacHarry, a safety analyst with the Lagos-based SBM Intelligence safety agency, stated.

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An absence of accountability additionally performs a task, he added.

“Not a single particular person has been punished within the historical past of all these airstrikes on civilians,” MacHarry stated.