An airstrike at Tudun Biri hamlet in Kaduna State’s Igabi Local Government Area is said to have been carried out by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), resulting in numerous claimed deaths.
The event is reported to have happened on Sunday night at around nine o’clock, when the people were celebrating Maulud.
The residents were wrongly blasted in the air strike with the aim that they were bandits who were moving from neighbouring Zamfara State to camp in Tudun Biri village, according to a source in the community, but the Air Force has not yet confirmed the attack.
The insider went on to say that the incident has spread terror throughout the area, with many locals fleeing to nearby villages out of fear of becoming targets of future bomb strikes.
In response to this assertion, the Nigerian Air Force said it was not in charge of the bomb dropped at Tudun Biri.
In a WhatsApp message sent to our defence correspondent, Air Force media officer, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, NAF noted that “the Nigerian Air Force has not carried out any air operations within Kaduna State and environs in the last 24 hours”.
He also noted that ‘the Nigerian Air Force isn’t the only Service operating combat armed drones in the region’.
The governor of Kaduna State has called an emergency security meeting in the wake of the event.
The Nigerian Air Force’s Air Officer Commanding Air Training Command is present at the meeting being presided over by Deputy Governor Dr. Hadiza Balarabe.
The Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Samuel Aruwan, the supervisor of the Kaduna State Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, and the garrison commander of the Nigerian Army’s One Mechanised Division were also there.