By Mustapha Buhari, Maiduguri
Nigerian Army on Thursday said 112 people died while 97 others sustained injuries, following accidental airstrike on Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs camp in Rann, Borno State on January 17.
Addressing reporters in Maiduguri, the theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Leo Irabor, said after the incident a coordinated emergency response was established for rescue and treatment of victims, just as surgical centre was equally set up.
“Board of inquiry set up by the 7 Division to investigate the incident proved it was a mistake. 112 died, 97 wounded in the incident,” he said.
Giving details of the recent activities of the theatre operation, Mr Irabor said troops conducted a number of operations and recovered several arms and ammunition in Sambisa. He said five insurgents were killed during the operation.
According to him, in Dikwa nine militants were killed, while in Monguno the troops killed one suspected.
He also said the troops conducted operations along Maiduguri-Dikwa road and killed two insurgents, while four other terrorists were killed along Gulumba-Gana road, with the support of Cameroonian troops.
“In Konduga-Yale area, hundreds of hostages were rescued, while in Gulumba-Gana, troops recovered arms.
“Terrorists after being dislodged from Sambisa forest, relocated to Dusla area in Damboa Local Government Area, where nine of them were killed,” he added.