Civilians, ICRC staff, others feared killed as fighter jets misfire in Borno

By Baba Kura Mallam, Maiduguri
The Nigeria Army has said that a fighter jet misfired, shooting some humanitarian aid workers of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), the Medicines Sans Frontiers.
According to the Army, some other yet to be specified number of civilians were also casualties in the incidence said to have occurred in Kala Balge in Borno State during an operation against insurgent sect, Boko Haram.
Making the disclosure was the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor during a press briefing on Tuesday in Maiduguri.
“This morning, we received a report about the gathering of Boko Haram terrorists around Kala Balge area of Maiduguri. I coordinated and I directed that the air component of the operation should go and address the problem.
“Unfortunately, the strike was conducted but it turned out that other civilians were somewhere around the area and they were affected. So far, it is a little bit disturbing; death has occurred. There are casualties; there were deaths and injuries but on the actual number of casualties, we would get back to you later.
“I am yet to get the number of casualties of civilians killed, but two soldiers were also affected. Some humanitarian staff of Medicines Sans Frontiers and some staff of International Committee of Red Cross(ICRC) were also affected.
“We are sending helicopters to evacuate those that were critically wounded, including our wounded soldiers,” Irabor said.

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