Yesterday,tragedy struck in the fight against terror group, Boko Haram, when a fighter jet involved in the counter-insurgency operation in the North-East fired at aid workers, soldiers and displaced persons in error, killing no fewer than 100 persons on the ground.Aid workers confirmed to have been killed in the bombing included the officials of Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres), International Committee of the Red Cross and some refugees.But the Nigerian Air Force said in a statement on Tuesday evening that it had begun an investigation into the accidental air strike.The NAF Director of Information and Public Relations, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, said, “We are saddened by today’s accidental air strike by our fighter jet at Rann, in which innocent lives were lost. While available information is still sketchy, the loss occasioned by this unfortunate incident is deeply
regretted.“In recent weeks, Boko Haram has moved base to Kala from Sambisa Forest and obviously, a military jet
mistook Rann for Kala and bombarded it, killing many civilians.“At least 25 were killed and many more injured.”The MSF, however, said in a statement, “MSF teams have seen 120 wounded and 50 dead following the bombing.”MSF said its teams were trying to provide emergency first aid at its facility in the camp and were stabilising patients to evacuate the wounded from the scene.“Our medical and surgical teams in Cameroon and Chad are ready to treat wounded patients. We are in close contact with our teams, who are in shock following the event,” it added.An official of the Borno State Government, one of those helping to coordinate the evacuation of the injured by helicopter, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said 100 people had been killed.MSF later, on Tuesday, put the figure of the dead at 95, admitting that it had yet to confirm the figure.The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor, who heads the military operation against the militants, said the Nigerian Air Force had been given coordinates of Boko Haram terrorists in the Kala-Balge area.