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Mistaken Air Strike on Borno IDP camp

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Mistaken Air Strike on Borno IDP camp

Military says jet accidentally bombed refugee camp in Borno, killing – according to MSF – at least 50 and wounding 120.

Several people are feared dead after a military plane mistakenly dropped a bomb inside the Rann IDP camp in Borno State. It was targeted at a boko haram hideout.

The incident occurred on Tuesday at about 9am local time (08:00 GMT) in Rann, in the far north of Borno state, the epicentre of Boko Haram’s armed campaign, as humanitarian workers distributed food to civilians.

Nigeria’s air force said a fighter jet was on a mission against Boko Haram fighters when it accidentally struck the camp and killed an unknown number of refugees and aid workers.

There was no official death toll from the military, which blamed “the fog of war” for the mistake, but one senior commander described the casualties from the air strike as “huge”.
But in a statement, aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said the strike had killed at least 50 people and wounded 120.MSF and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) were operating at the camp when it was hit.

The ICRC said via Twitter that six of the dead and 12 of the wounded were working for the Nigeria Red Cross.

The bombing comes as Nigeria’s military claims further gains against the Islamic State group affiliate, pushing them out of captured territory and their remote bases in Borno.

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