Nigeria’s air force on Thursday (16/9) confirmed airstrikes against suspected Islamist extremists had killed civilians in the northeastern Nigerian state of Yobe.
A spokesman said Wednesday’s attack was carried out in response to the alleged movement of members of Boko Haram, or the West African branch of the Islamic State (ISWAP), which split from Boko Haram in 2016.
“Unfortunately, reports reaching Nigerian Air Force headquarters state that some civilians were mistakenly killed, while others were injured,” Air Commodore Edward Gabkwetin said in a statement.
“Therefore, a board of inquiry has been set up to thoroughly investigate the circumstances of the incident.”
Reports of the number of civilians killed ranged from six to 10 people. [lt/jm]