Barely 24 hours after completing a successful guided tour of Sambisa forest involving a federal government team, the Bring Back Our Girls group and selected foreign and local journalists to search for the missing Chibok girls, the Army said a fighter jet had misfired and shot some humanitarian aid workers of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), the Medicines Sans Frontiers and some civilians in Kala Balge in Borno during an operation.
Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, disclosed this during a press briefing on Tuesday in Maiduguri.
â€œThis morning, we received a report about the gathering of Boko Haram terrorists around Kala Balge area of Maiduguri.
â€œI coordinated and I directed that the air component of the operation should go and address the problem.
â€œUnfortunately, the strike was conducted but it turned out that other civilians were somewhere around the area and they were affected.
â€œSo 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.
â€œI am yet to get the number of casualties of civilians killed, but two soldiers were also affected.
â€œSome humanitarian staff of Medicines Sans Frontiers and some staff of International Committee of Red Cross(ICRC) were also affected.
â€œWe are sending helicopters to evacuate those that were critically wounded, including our wounded soldiers,â€ Irabor said.